Come and explore the heritage of Ely and the surrounding fens, from the prehistoric creatures who swam in the ancient oceans to Ely today.

Find out about the ways of life from the wide wetlands to the rich farmland and how the unusual landscape has shaped the lives of the people who lived here. Built on an island of solid land surrounded by marshes, discover the development of Ely from a monastic foundation to a market town.

There is no need to pre-book your tickets, they can be purchased in person at the museum, on the day. 

 

Opening hours
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

Admissions
  • Adult £5.50
  • Child £2.50
  • Under 5s Free
  • Family £12.00
  • Art Pass & MA Members Free

Tickets provide entry for a year from purchase

Ely Museum

The Old Gaol, Market St, Ely CB7 4LS

Plan Your Visit

What’s on Display?

Who built Ely Cathedral? How were eels caught? What did Romans use to cook? What did Saxon women wear? Who was evacuated to Ely during WWII? What grows in the fields? Which ancient creatures lived here? How do you make a stone axe?
Come explore these and many other questions through the wide and varied collections on display at Ely Museum.

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What’s on

Family Fun Parlour Games and Petticoats
13th August

Parlour Games and Petticoats

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Craft Day Summer Holiday Crafts: Craft Your Own Cap
18th August

Summer Holiday Crafts: Craft Your Own Cap

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Exhibition Hold on to your hat!

Why Not Become a Friend?

Thinking of supporting the museum? Why not become a Friend of Ely Museum?

And all your membership cost goes directly to supporting Ely Museum.

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Room Hire at Ely Museum

The Aedwen Room at Ely Museum has everything you need to host meetings and events in the centre of historic Ely

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News & Blog

Summer of fun at Ely Museum
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Summer of fun at Ely Museum

Ely Museum shortlisted for national Family Friendly Museum Award
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Ely Museum shortlisted for national Family Friendly Museum Award

A year of the new Ely Museum
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A year of the new Ely Museum

Ely Museum wins two RIBA East Awards
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Ely Museum wins two RIBA East Awards

Play our fabulous new interactive games!
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Play our fabulous new interactive games!

British Museum objects on display at Ely Museum
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British Museum objects on display at Ely Museum

#CelebrateTheFens day with Ely Museum
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#CelebrateTheFens day with Ely Museum

Ely Museum’s new website & branding
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Ely Museum’s new website & branding

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