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Art Galleries in Cambridge (Self Guided), Cambridge

Cambridge is a famous English town, and with that comes a fantastic heritage. Art galleries and museums help share, spread, and preserve that heritage. Inside Cambridge art galleries, visitors will cherish phenomenal paintings, sculptures, handmade prints, and crafts.
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Guide Name: Art Galleries in Cambridge
Guide Location: England » Cambridge (See other walking tours in Cambridge)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: sylvia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Scott Polar Research Institute
  • The Lawson Gallery
  • Primavera
  • Cambridge Contemporary Art
  • Kettle's Yard House & Gallery
  • New Hall Art Collection
Scott Polar Research Institute

1) Scott Polar Research Institute (must see)

The Scott Polar Research Institute is a research centre, managed by Cambridge University, focusing on the world’s two Polar Regions. It is located on Lensfield Road, south of the main university campus, in a fine Georgian style building designed by Sir Herbert Baker. The Institute comprises a museum and library that are open to the public, as well as various other polar research facilities. The museum houses a range of exhibitions covering different areas of Arctic and Antarctic history, covering exploration of these inhospitable regions, as well as conservation, wildlife, and the effects of climate change.

The library is one of the world’s finest collections of texts, articles and photographs relating to the world’s Polar Regions. A recent extension, known as the Shackleton Library after one of Britain’s most famous explorers, is accessed via a glass lift designed to resemble a giant shard of ice.

Why You Should Visit:
The museum isn't huge – you can do a thorough visit in an hour – but what's here is really good. You can see the kinds of clothing the explorers had to wear and see some of their hand-written journals as well as get a sense of the frankly gripping circumstances that they lived (and died) in. All would find it interesting – primary school, secondary school, and adults. The audio tours, set for adult or child, come highly recommended.

Look up after entering to see two domes picturing the polar maps – beautiful.
Also check out the shop as it's well stocked with books about the polar regions.

Opening Hours:
[Polar Museum] Tue-Sat: 10am-4pm
[Library] Mon-Fri: 9am-1pm / 2-5:30pm
Admission to all areas is free, and the building has recently been made fully wheelchair accessible.
The Lawson Gallery

2) The Lawson Gallery

The Lawson Gallery has been set in the heart of Cambridge for over 21 years. They sell a wide variety of artwork and also frame on site as well, which makes them unique. Come in and check out everything from affordable artists cards to original "one off pieces" and rare antique maps of the city and surrounding area.

3) Primavera

Primavera Gallery is situated in the heart of Cambridge, opposite of King's College. The gallery opened in 2001 and was established by a man named Jeremy Waller, a collector of British art and antiques. The gallery and shop present some of the finest art and crafts in Britain.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cambridge Contemporary Art

4) Cambridge Contemporary Art

Cambridge Contemporary Art is a gallery in the center of the beautiful university city. Established in 1990, the gallery rotates the exhibitions, which often include famous paintings, sculptures, handmade prints, as well as crafts.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am -5:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Kettle's Yard House & Gallery

5) Kettle's Yard House & Gallery (must see)

When local art collector James Ede knocked together three workmen's cottages in the 1950s he created one of the most perfect spaces for art in the UK, and possibly the world. His Cambridge home, now a museum/art gallery is his personal collection of stunningly simple but beautiful pieces, carefully curated to produce an experience of art that is rare anywhere but unique certainly in this part of the world.

The gallery was expanded in 1970, with architect Leslie Martin adding a modernist extension behind the cottages. More recently, in 2015, the house and gallery temporarily closed while a major building project to create a four-floor education wing, improved exhibition galleries, a new entrance area and a café was carried out. A series of gentle additions by Jamie Fobert Architects offers greatly improved support services for visitors, including a new courtyard and welcome area and a new shop. The interior of the house has been left untouched. Both the house and gallery reopened in February 2018.

The gallery hosts permanent and visiting exhibitions on modern art, and is seen as the city’s most significant modern art gallery. It houses works by Henry Moore, Christopher Wood and Joan Miro, amongst many others. Admission to permanent exhibitions is free, although there may be a charge for special events at the gallery. Like many buildings of historical or artistic interest in the city, Kettle’s Yard is managed by the University of Cambridge.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy some amazing art exhibits/installations not usually seen outside major galleries, as well as many hidden gems throughout.
This is really something quite different to try in Cambridge and once there, you can stay as long as you want (volunteer guides are eager to help).

Try to be there when the House first opens, so you get the chance to be one of the first to drift through the rooms, thus enjoying the space with fewer people around.
You can photograph in the house but have to check-in all bags. Tickets are free, but best pre-booked online because it can get busy.

Opening Hours:
[Galleries, Shop & Cafe] Tue-Sun: 11am-5pm
[House] Tue-Sun: 12-5pm (free, timed tickets to the House are available from the information desk; online tickets are available up to one month in advance)
New Hall Art Collection

6) New Hall Art Collection

The New Hall Art Collection is a permanent collection of contemporary art by women artists. Paintings, prints, and sculpture are displayed throughout the Murray Edwards College, or where the exhibit is situated at. The Collection has come about as the result of many generous gifts and loans from artists and donors, such as Mary Kelly, Valerie Pearl, Maggi Hambling, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Nicola Hicks, Sandra Blow, and Paula Rego.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 Km or 0.2 Miles
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Travel Distance: 0.3 Km or 0.2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles