february, 2020

sat01feb12:00 pmsat4:00 pmChinese New Year Family Day at the Fitzwilliam MuseumFitzwilliam Museum

Event Details

Drop-in on the first Saturday of February and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of Chinese New Year. Organised in collaboration with Fitzwilliam Museum. Activities include:

Staff from the Cambridge China Centre will be sharing exciting stories of the Jade Emperor’s Great Race, where the order of animals in the Chinese zodiac was decided, and how to scare away “Nian the Monster” if he comes by your house on the eve of the lunar new year.  Expect a lively narrator, musical accompaniment and a little audience participation.

We expect this to be full so please reserve your entry (£3) in advance through the Fitzwilliam Museum’s ticket partner. Event times are 12:30, 13:30 & 14:30. Ticket price is £3.

Art activity: Calligraphy
Learn how to create characters with Chinese brushes and ink. Class sizes will be kept small so please reserve a place in advance to avoid disappointment. Reserve your ticket (£3) through the Fitzwilliam Museum’s ticket partner. Event times are 12:00, 13:00, 14:00.

Art activity: Chinese lanterns
Be part of a 2000-year old tradition and make a beautiful Chinese lantern. Traditionally placed in windows or hung in public, they are thought to bring good fortune (and scare away Nian the Monster). Free.

Art activity: Paper cutting
A folk art that uses one of China’s greatest gifts to the world…paper! Paper-cutting has existed since the sixth century and is known for its intricate designs and creative use of negative space. Today’s project will allow visitors to take part in an annual decorating tradition. Free.

Treasure Hunt Trail: Chinese New Year Zodiac
Search for special Chinese Zodiac animals in the Museum’s collection. Free


1st february 2020 12:00pm - 1st february 2020 4:00pm


Fitzwilliam Museum

Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB2 1RB