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.

Tickets for entry to Ely Museum are on sale now.

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

Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)

  • 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

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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Have you considered volunteering?

There are many different ways and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents at Ely Museum. Whatever your experience, there are opportunities for you to get involved.

Whether you can spare a few hours, a few days or even longer, we really appreciate the time given by people filling these roles as they contribute to the museum’s activities, educational programming and help us maintain our varied local history collection.

Volunteering with our award-winning volunteer team is a great way to develop your skills and meet new people, while supporting us and enhancing the experience of our visitors.


News & Blog

#CelebrateTheFens day with Ely Museum

#CelebrateTheFens day with Ely Museum

Ely Museum’s new website & branding

Ely Museum’s new website & branding