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Welcome to Ely Museum

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Museum entrance

Ely Museum, a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop's Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely & the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the twentieth century.

Displays include original prison cells, fossils that can be touched, Roman remains and an archive film of the Fens including punt guns and eel catching.

A museum guide, children's guide to the galleries, toilets and a gift shop make this an ideal destination for all of the family.

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Ely Museum Events

Living History days, finds identification afternoons, a programme of talks and many children's activities are just some of the fun activities and events that are held throughout the year. Read More »

What's coming next?

Saturday 21st January

Medieval living history day at Ely Museum

Interested in history? Would you like to meet the Men, Woman and Children of a 15th century household? Talk to the Man at Arms and Archers - hear about the weapons, armour of the time and what it would be like in the army that would have fought at Bosworth. Or if combat is not your thing, join our camp followers, learn about the games, crafts and skills of your ancestors, see our cook, watch our maille maker or leather crafter, challenge yourself to a game of 9-mans-morris or listen to our bard.

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Normal admission charges apply

The Museum
icon The Ely Museum Trust was set up in 1972 with much voluntary support. Dating from the 13th century, this building has been a private house, a tavern, a registry office and most famously the Bishop's Gaol. More »
Education
icon Ely Museum is open all year round for pre–booked groups and offers a discounted rate for schools. A teacher's resource pack full of curriculum related information is available FREE for schools that book group visits. More »
Displays
icon Encounter the museum's collection of fossils from marine dinosaurs, prehistoric tools and weapons, Roman pottery and Anglo Saxon jewellery. Watch the story of life in the fens and learn how eels were caught. More »