Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
Shop icon Library icon Study area icon

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.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

October 2014 – March 2015
Tues – Sat: 10am – 4pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Admission charges

Adult: £3.95
Concession*: £3.40
Child (4-16): £2.30
Family Ticket (1 Adult + all children): £6.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults + all children): £10.00

Collection details

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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

House at Night

  • 29 October 2016 7-10pm

Join the Ancient House Museum on Saturday 29th October for their event ‘House At Night’ as part of the UK wide festival Museums At Night.

Enjoy a warming non-alcoholic treat of mulled wine and look forward to a lovely evening. There are very limited numbers of tickets available so don’t delay! Buy your ticket, bring a torch and look forward to a special evening in a very special venue.

Featuring a Lights Out Tour, storytelling and object handling.

Not all parts of this tour are suitable for disabled customers – please check ahead for details.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£6.95. Tickets available from the Leaping Hare Box Office in King Street or online.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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.

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




01824 752599


01842 752599

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.