Summer at Ely Museum is full of all sorts of fun events, activities and things to see for all ages. All our standard admission tickets, including a family pass priced at £12, mean you can visit as many times as you like for a year. Our explorers’ chest means that whatever day you visit younger visitors can pick from a variety of trails and quizzes, and even equip themselves with a range of items, like magnifying glasses, while they explore the museum.


Ely Museum has recently been shortlisted in the Best Small Museum category for the national Family Friendly Museum Award run by the charity Kids in Museums. Over this summer, alongside our permanent galleries, we have a fun and informative new temporary exhibition ‘Hold On To Your Hat!”, which includes plenty of hats for visitors of all ages to try on and over 100 historical images of local residents and their hats.


If you want your day out in Ely to bring history to life then join us on Saturday 13th August when we will be holding out Victorian Living History Day, Included in our standard admission price, visitors will be able to talk to various reenactors about work and play in Victorian Ely and learn about toys, games and even help with the washing.


Children’s craft events are a weekly occurrence on Thursdays throughout August, with Thursday 4th and Thursday 11th August featuring drop in crafts. Running from 11am – 3pm, the themes for these are Stomping Stegosaurs (4th) and Buzzing Bugs (11th) and are priced at £3 per child in addition to an admission ticket or annual pass


For even more craft fun we have two pre-booked craft sessions, priced at £9.50 per child. Thursday 18th August is Craft Your Own Cap, which starts at 11am where each child will leave with two different decorated hats. Thursday 25th August, is Marvellous Mosaics and children will learn about the ancient Roman art of creating pictures from tiles and then make a real ceramic mosaic tile to take home with them. Tickets are available on our website.


There are exciting hat making opportunities for adults too this summer, with fascinator making workshops, run by Mill House Millinery, on the evenings of 10 August and 7th September. Tickets, which include all materials and refreshments are priced at £55 per person.