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Welcome to Ely Museum

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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.

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 12th - Sunday 13th December

Come and see Father Christmas in his Victorian Parlour!

That's the invitation from Ely Museum to children everywhere.

Every child visiting Father Christmas will receive a present and there will also be the chance for them to enjoy some traditional Christmas crafts.

It promises to be a fun day for the whole family. Parents and grandparents, will find stocking fillers for all ages in our museum shop and there will be a tombola, a second-hand book stall and refreshments.

Entrance to Ely Museum on the day will be FREE for everyone. There will be a charge of £3 for children wishing to visit Father Christmas who will be in his parlour at:

  • Saturday: 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sunday:1:00pm to 3.30pm

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 »
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 »
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 »