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Fitzwilliam Museum

/ˌfɪtzˈwɪljəm/
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a museum, attached to Cambridge University and founded in 1816, noted esp for its paintings and collections devoted to the applied arts
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C19: named after the 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, who donated the first collection
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Fitzwilliam Museum

art galleries located in Cambridge, Eng. The museum was erected to house the collection bequeathed in 1816 to Cambridge University by Viscount Fitzwilliam. The original building was completed in 1875 and additions were made after 1924. It houses Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities; the Henderson collection of armour; medieval and Renaissance objects including ivories, enamels, and scientific instruments; and important paintings of the English, French, Italian, Dutch, and Flemish schools. It also has a library of musical manuscripts and literary autographs.

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