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The Fitzwilliam Museum was described by the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries in 1968 as “one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance”.
Find the museum in a beautiful, neo-classical building with its monumental columns housing an immense collection of paintings, sculpture and ancient treasures, including work by artists such as Picasso, Monet, Constable and Rubens.
Founded in 1816 by Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, it also boasts a treasure-chest of artefacts from ancient Greece, Egypt, Cyprus and Rome; oriental art collections; engravings and prints – including etchings by Rembrandt; and literary and musical manuscripts.