Come explore our newly redesigned museum. Be amongst the first to peek into our cases, discover our displays and find out new fascinating facts.
From old favourite items to hidden gems not previously displayed, our galleries have been given a glorious facelift. Meander through our displays, marveling at ancient craftsmanship, fantastic folk traditions and turbulent tales of riotous revolts.
Our galleries tell the stories of local people from the earliest prehistoric settlers to those of us who live here today. Surrounded by wide skies and flat, wet fens, the people of Ely and its environs have adapted their lives, their trades and their pastimes to make the most of the unusual landscape. Find out about eel fishing, fen skating, why the rivers are higher than the roads and why the soil is known as black gold.
As the museum is now experiencing more manageable numbers of visitors we have decided to remove the need to book a timed entry slot.
Visitors may turn up to the museum without booking. You may arrive at any time from 10.30 am to 4pm, however the first thirty minutes of the day are often busy and at certain times there may be a short wait for entry, in order to keep everyone safe.
It may be necessary to return to timed slots during the school summer holidays.
Please note: On the first Sunday of each month, from 3:30-5pm, the museum operates its ‘Quiet Hours’ for those who would benefit from a quieter, more relaxed museum visit. All the usual exhibits are available during this time, but with the sounds removed, reduced or subtitled