Ely Museum
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Following a £2.2m National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment between 2019-2021, Ely Museum is now open to the public again! Ely Museum tells the stories of the people and the landscape of Ely and its surrounding area from prehistory to the present day. Our displays explore how people have lived here over the centuries and how their way of life has been influenced by the unusual landscape of the fens. They also highlight the many ways in which the people have changed and adapted the landscape to suit their needs. Light, airy galleries and lots of fun, hands-on activities for children makes a visit to Ely Museum fun for the whole family!
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Voyage52826743045
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Friends
hello ely museum,
first of all, why did you scam us. now look here, i am over 16+ but the person at the counter still charged me and my friend both adult prices even though only one of us was 16+ (me). please ask us for our age before giving us a ticket so we don't give you more money than we need to 🤨 and also, your exhibits were...... alright.. but i was hoping to see dead carcasses of animals during the tour. i want to see the aging fur and rotting skin of a dead deer. if you lack the resources there's a pet shop right around the corner. add more animals and perhaps a live mouse for the laughs. give me back my £5.50 and i won't personally order a living deer to crash into your glass doors. then you can skin it and display it. - simona written on 02/06/1603 😻
Written 2 June 2023
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John B
Cambridgeshire, UK827 contributions
Apr 2023
Our four-year-old granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed the Ely Museum, and we enjoyed following her around. At the entrance she dressed up as an explorer, and with hat, tote bag for a compass, magnifying glass, binoculars, various other bits and pieces, and a tick sheet of objects to find, set off around the exhibits. (She spent some time studying a skeleton through her magnifying glass).
There were many points of interest, interactive exhibits, and information screens to bring the local history to life. We also enjoyed the many exhibits which were more for older visitors particularly the tools and cultural objects, used in former times in the development of the fenlands. The gaol, with its restraining chains and prisoners graffiti was particularly interesting.
There are toilets on site, a gift shop, and an area in the courtyard where visitors can sit on a sunny day. The bonus of further free entry for a whole year is a nice touch. We hope to take advantage of that.
Written 21 May 2023
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Faye W
9 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Loved this little museum. Filled with all sorts of fascinating history. Was so shocked to find we were the only people there, especially as it was Easter Sunday! Highly recommend making this a part of your trip to Ely. Very affordable with lovely staff!
Written 14 April 2023
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Vantangran
London, UK987 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
£5.50 is a lot to charge for what there is. The gaol part is interesting but a lot more could be made of it. The other exhibits are pretty standard museum fare. The princess burial is again underachieving its potential.
Written 20 March 2023
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Lorraine
Spilsby, UK86 contributions
Feb 2023
A very interesting building in which to house this small but informative museum. Exhibits are well organised and displayed, to tell the story of Ely and the locale. Accessible to all and not overwhelming. I loved the integration of snippets of the building's history, archaeology and use. Lovely staff.
Written 10 February 2023
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Mary E
Aldridge137 contributions
Sept 2022
Visited when the museum was quiet so it was easy to see everything. Staff helpful, clear instructions and information on all the exhibits. Displays are clear and there are good activities for children. You could arrive knowing little about the City of Ely and would leave well informed.
Written 11 September 2022
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Katherine N
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
First visit since the museum’s upgrade and we were blown away by the family-friendly exhibits; loads of things to touch and try out, great kids’ trails and small enough to hold the kids’ interest all the way round. Great afternoon activity for half-term. We’ll be back!
Written 2 June 2022
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ginaandjoy
London, UK375 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
This is a local place of interest because it was a former jail. It gives a local history overview from prehistoric times to modern times. It is a good place to take young children to introduce history to them. Once you buy a ticket it entitles you to further visits if you want for free.
Written 2 May 2022
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wingate
London, UK2,560 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
The museum was well laid out and had lots of interesting display cases
However it is rather lacking when it comes to showing the history of the area,which surely is a prerequisite of a local museum.
Written 16 March 2022
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carol b
Great Dunmow, UK98 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Sadly the evidence that this museum is housed in the old gaol has been almost completely eradicated by white painted walls and downlights. The museum is dull and could only interest someone who had never been to a museum before. If only the owners had seen the potential of an old town gaol and recreated the gaol they would have had an interesting tourist attraction.
Written 17 July 2021
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