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

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

Ely Museum

The Old Gaol
Market Street
Ely, Cambridgeshire

Ely Museum is located on the corner of Market Street and Lynn Road with the main entrance on Market Street.

The museum is a five-minute walk from Ely Market and from Ely Cathedral and a twenty-minute walk from the train station. The museum entrance is directly opposite the main bus stops in central Ely.

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There are four toilets in total, two on each floor. There is one accessible toilet on the ground floor. Each floor has a toilet with baby changing facilities.


There is step free access from the road throughout Ely Museum. There is a fully enclosed lift to access the second floor.

For more information on accessibility and access please see our dedicated page.

Accessibility and Access




You are welcome to take photographs in the galleries for personal use. Please share your photos with us on social media @elymuseum #elymuseum


Please no animals (except assistance dogs)

Food and drink

Please no food or drink in the galleries, they can harm our collections.

Explorer kits

Explorer kits available to help children explore the museum.

What’s on display

Ely Museum tells the stories of the people and the landscape of Ely and its surrounding area from prehistory to the present day.

What’s On Display

Research Hub

Our research hub allows visitors to discover more about Ely Museum’s collection. Search our collection in store or find out more about the objects on display. Watch locally made history films and read local history books from our library.


Our museum shop stocks an exciting range of products ranging from educational local history books to children’s toys. We have carefully selected all products to highlight our collection and are perfect gifts for you to take home. All sales from the from the shop go to directly supporting the museum.