Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
21-23 White Hart Street
IP24 1AA

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




01824 752599


01842 752599

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Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
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Thetford's Ancient House has recently benefitted from a £1.6 million renovation, which has gone towards conserving the Grade I listed Tudor merchant's house and creating up-to-date displays.

The atmospheric crooked house tells the remarkable story of Thetford and the Brecks. Discover rich collections alongside audio guides, films and animations.

Meet local people from Thetford's past, from the revolutionary philosopher Thomas Paine to the Sikh hero Maharajah Duleep Singh and from rabbit warreners to railway workers.

Take time out in the re-planted garden and don't miss the brand new museum shop in its oak pavilion. Allow about an hour and a half for a visit.

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Opening hours

1 April – 30 September 2012
Tues – Sat: 10am - 5pm

1 October 2010 – 31 March 2013
Tues – Sat: 10am - 4pm

Admission charges

Adult: £3.80
Concession*: £3.20
Young Person (4-16): £2.10
Museums Pass holders, Friends of Ancient House and under 4s free. Discounts for groups, ring 01842 752599 for details.
*Disabled visitors, over 60s and students.
Free admission for all visitors from October – March

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

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Kids in Museums Takeover Day

  • 12 December 2014

Our Teenage History Club will be taking over the museum to run a First World War Themed murder mystery Night at the Museum event. The young people will play all the characters, create the marketing and organise Front of House operations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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History Club

Club for children interested in historical enquiry. The group meets on Wednesdays after school at the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life. There is currently an open waiting list to join.

How to obtain

It is free to join the club. Call for further details 01842 768500.

Museum Club

A museum club that meets monthly on Saturday mornings with various activities to learn more about the Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life.

How to obtain

The club has a waiting list which new members are welcome to join by calling 01842 752599. There is a small fee for sessions.