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Private View: The Reopened Attic and An Exhibition of Mini Museums

19 September 2023, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for drinks and an exclusive viewing of the Museum’s newly restored Attic and exhibition of Mini Museums, made by the people of Cambridgeshire.

  • Date: 19th September 2023
  • Time: 7pm-9pm.
  • Venue: Museum of Cambridge, 2-3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Attendees at this private view will get the chance to explore the newly restored Attic and our exhibition of locally-made Mini Museums, all while the Museum is closed to the public.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of something special on arrival before being given a chance to explore the new exhibit and recently restored Attic on the Museum’s top floor.

You’ll be able to visit the Museum shop which is chock-full of items made by local artists and craftspeople. We also stock books by local authors highlighting our rich regional history. There is something for everyone! Plus, every purchase in the shop supports the ongoing development of this fabulous museum.

Book your spot via Eventbrite: https://privateview.eventbrite.co.uk

The Reopening of the Attic

The Museum’s Attic has been closed to the public since March 2020 and reopened for the first time in August 2023. The Attic has received extensive restoration by our landlords, Cambridge City Council, to repair damage caused by rot and woodworm. This repair involved completely reconstructing the attic dormer and installing new oak timbers and plaster walls using specialised heritage techniques.

Mini Museums Exhibition

In January 2023, we launched the Mini Museums programme in Cambridgeshire, inviting residents to design their very own Mini Museum. Our goal was to discover what was important to the people of the region and what cherished memories or objects they would want to represent in their very own miniature museum.

The response we received was astounding. Almost 3000 people participated in the programme in just two months, creating Mini Museums at home, attending workshops, and engaging with us at our pop-up stalls. Demand was so high that we ran further workshops throughout the summer of 2023, engaging even more communities in the programme.

The Mini Museums created by the residents of Cambridgeshire are truly remarkable, showcasing the creativity and passion of our community –and this new exhibition celebrates just that. The Mini Museums on display depict everyday activities that hold deep meaning to local residents, such as punting on the River Cam, swimming in the Lido, exploring the Fens, visiting museums, enjoying Sunday lunches in the pub, and playing footie in the park.

You can find out more about the project here.

Do book your ticket via Eventbrite. Admission is £5.50 and all proceeds go towards supporting the word of the Museum in caring for and sharing the local histories of Cambridge and the surrounds.

If you need help booking, please email us at enquiries@museumofcambridge.org.uk or call us at 01223 355159. We look forward to seeing you there!


You can also read about our accessibility information on our website. If you’d like to chat through any accessibility requirements, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01223 355159 or email enquiries@museumofcambridge.org.uk. Event attendees with additional needs are welcome to bring a supporter or carer free of charge.

Getting Here

We are in the centre of Cambridge. You’ll find us at the corner of Castle Street and Northampton Street. We are right beside Kettle’s Yard and only a 15-minute walk from King’s College.

You can park your bike at the bike parks on Bridge Street or on Northampton Street. There is a bus stop on Bridge Street. Check out the Stagecoach website to plan your journey to and from the Museum. Find out more about how to get here by train, bike, bus, car or on foot on our website.


Please note that photographs will be taken throughout this event, and images may be used in future marketing and reporting materials. If you do not wish you or your family’s photograph to be taken, please make sure to let us know.

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If you’re feeling unwell or have recently tested positive for Covid-19, please do not attend this event. We’ll be happy to offer you a refund if applicable, and welcome you at the Museum on another day.

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Private View: The Reopened Attic and An Exhibition of Mini Museums


19 September 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159


The Museum of Cambridge
2-3 Castle Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0AQ United Kingdom
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