Discover Darwin in Cambridge

Join in the Darwin200 anniversary celebrations at new exhibition Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds, 1871
Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds, 1871

ONCE DESCRIBED as “one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance”, The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is a must-visit at any time of the year.

However, there’s never been a better time to add this attraction to your itinerary as, among the masterpieces of painting, sculpture, furniture, and antiquities that are permanently on display, the museum will be joining in Darwin’s bi-centenary celebratory year with a colourful new exhibition Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts.

Fresh from the Yale Center for British Art in the States, the exhibition will run from 16 June- 4 October in Cambridge and highlights the significance of visual traditions for Darwin, and the often surprising ways in which his revolutionary theories inspired artists in the late 19th century.

For the first time, you will be able to view a fascinating range of paintings, drawings, watercolours, prints, photographs and sculptures, from collections of major galleries and museums in Europe and America. Famous names, such as Turner, Frederick church and the French Impressionists, mingle alongside lesser-known artists such as Martin Johnson heade (Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds, 1871, pictured) and scientific material of all sorts. From botanical teaching diagrams to fossils and ornithological specimens the exhibits reveal the interaction between natural science and art at this time. Tel: (01223) 332900.