Ely Museum Trust was set up in 1972 with much voluntary support. After opening in Ely High Street, the Museum moved to the Old Gaol on Market Street in 1997. Dating from the 13th century, this building has been a private house, a tavern, a registry office and most famously the Bishop’s Gaol. Sensitively renovated in 1997 much of the building’s history can still be seen, including prisoner’s graffiti, hidden doorways and original planking on the walls.

Ely Museum is an independent museum and a registered charity (No. 1156024). It relies on grants by East Cambridgeshire District Council and the City of Ely Council, admissions and the generosity of visitors to remain open.

The Friends of Ely Museum

The Friends of Ely Museum consist of a pool of over 200 individuals who enjoy taking an active part in their membership of the scheme. Many Friends are involved in a wide variety of activities to assist the museum, such as helping on the museum’s reception, providing essential hands–on help in re–displaying the galleries, giving guided tours and talks and much more.

The Friends committee also assist with fundraising, which allows the Museum to make collection acquisitions as well as providing essential equipment for the smooth running of the Museum. The Friends provide a lively programme of events each year, which can be enjoyed by all members. Continue to our event listings »

Friends of Ely Museum Benefits

Being a Friend of Ely Museum allows certain benefits, those benefits are listed below:

Friends of Ely Museum Subscription Rates

£6 for an individual.
£10 for a couple.
£12 for family membership.

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Business Friends

The Business Friends are a small group of businesses who invest in the heritage of their local museum, which enables the Museum to run a programme of exhibitions. Ely Museum is proud to be sponsored by the business community and in return it offers a great package of benefits.

Business Friends Benefits

Being a Friend of Ely Museum allows certain benefits, those benefits are listed below:

Business Friends Subscription Rates

£150 per business or a higher sum at your discretion.

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