Museum of Cambridge - formerly Cambridge and County Folk Museum

Museum of Cambridge - formerly Cambridge and County Folk Museum
2/3 Castle Street




01223 355159

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Housed in the former White House Inn, this warm-hearted museum was founded in 1936 and has recently been renovated. Fun and interactive, the museum displays the everyday life of Cambridgeshire people. Our unique collection is displayed over three floors of this historic timber-framed building. The museum has full wheelchair access and a lift to all floors. Additionally, we have a very popular shop, retailing a variety of gifts, novelties and traditional toys.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.30-17.00
Sun 14.00-17.00

Closed Mondays

Admission charges

Adults £3.50
Concessions £2
Children £1 (1 child free with each paying adult)


  • Museums Association

Eight rooms to see, including The Inn Bar, The Kitchen, Domestic Crafts, University & City, Childhood and Fens & Folklore.

Explore the lives of people today and of the past through our touch-screen computer and CD-Rom.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Law and Order, Medicine, Music, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Trading Stories: A century of fenland shops, crafts and trade

  • 5 April — 7 May 2014 *on now

Step back in time and take a look at two defining periods in Fenland history--the Victorian era and the 1940s!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal Museum admission charges apply

Between the Lines: Discovering the Great War!

  • 7 May — 29 July 2014

View rare textiles held in the Museum that were made by soldiers recovering in the temporary hospitals along the Backs and on the site where the University Library now stands.

In partnership with the Cambridgeshire County Council and partners from across Northern France, Belgium and the UK.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal Museum admission

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.

Top Traders!

  • 8 — 20 April 2014 *on now

This Easter we’re celebrating Cambridge shops and trades so why not play our Top Traders game and learn how people used to work. Play shop in the kitchen, try your hand at constructing a timber building and discover the worst and best jobs in town!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


FREE with normal museum admission


From Robert Sayle to John Lewis- The local story of a department store

  • 23 April 2014 From 7:30pm

Local historian Allan Brigham calls it the department store with a shopping mall attached to it but John Lewis Cambridge is more than that- it's the latest chapter in a story that began in 1840 with the opening of a small drapery shop at number 12 St Andrew's Street. Find out a little more about that story and about the John Lewis Partnership in this brief history of Robert Sayle/John Lewis Cambridge.



£5.00 Non Friends/ £4 Friends

Food hawkers through history

  • 1 May 2014 7:30-8:30pm

Drawing on rare prints and paintings, this talk will uncover the intriguing story of the street hawkers and the foods they sold raw and ready made.



£5.00 Non Friends/£4.00 Friends

Broken Soldier, a play by Chris Hudson

  • 9 May 2014 From 7:30pm

Historyonics’ latest production is a moving, but ultimately uplifting story of the trauma suffered by so many of the soldiers of the Great War.



£4 Friends/ £5 Non-Friends

Chinese Tea Culture with Chen Xi

  • 11 May 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Explore a different side of tea culture with comics artist Chen Xi as she performs a Chinese Tea Ceremony which is associated with poetry, art, literature and Zen meditation. Please come and explore the mystery of tea together, and of course, enjoy a nice cup of tea!



£6.50 Friends/ £7.50 Non-Friends

A Night at the White Horse Inn

  • 15 May 2014 5:30-8:30pm

Try heritage beers and ales brewed only for this event, discover secrets of the Inn, join a walking pub history tour and enjoy music and dancing throughout the evening!

We will be offering brief 30 minute tours of the Museum collection at 5.40pm and 6.55pm. Pub history walking tours exploring Castle End will leave the Museum at 5.50pm and 6.10pm.

Booking is absolutely essential for this Event and both tours as space is extremely limited.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Entry £5.00, including one free pint!

Enid's Explorers!

  • 27 May — 1 June 2014

Museum Trail around Enid porter
Follow Enid's clues and learn about Cambridgeshire's mysterious past to discover her hidden treasure.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 5-6


Free with standard museum admission



  • 29 May 2014 10:30am-12pm

Story and treasure hunt workshop for children under 5s and their carers, inspired by the much loved picture book by Janet and Alan Ahlberg.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Please call 01223 355159 to book your place.

Suitable for

  • 0-4


£2 per child or £1 when booked with a current Family Friday Pass.