Ely Museum

Ely Museum
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Ely Museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Ely, dating from the 13th Century, it has been a private house, a Tavern, a Registry Office & the Bishop's Goal. Sensitively renovated in 1997, much of the buildings history can still be seen, including prisoners graffiti, hidden doorways and original planking on the walls. Visitors can enjoy the attractive and secluded courtyard before and after their visit.
Displays include geology, archaeology and the local history of Ely and the surrounding fenland.
The gift shop sells many gift items and toys as well as local history publications. Special events and exhibitions are held throughout the year, including finds and identification afternoons, living history days, children's craft activities and a programme of talks. Schools should contact the Education Officer about the wide variety of workshops available.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

10:30 - 17:00

Admission charges

Adults £3.50

Children £1 (under 5s free)

Concessions £2.50


  • Museums Association

Additional info

The Old Gaol is situated on the corner of Lynn Road and Market Street, 150 metres from the Cathedral.

Ely Museum has a level front entrance, an accesible toilet and a stairlift to the upper floor. There are chairs throughout the Museum for visitors.

Quiz sheets are available for children visiting the Museum.

Guided tours are available by appointment.

The displays include fossils from marine dinosaurs, prehistoric tools and weapons, Roman pottery and Anglo Saxon jewellery. An archive film shows methods of farming in the past, and the Debtors and Condemned Cells show visitors what the Bishops' Gaol was really like. The Cambridgeshire Regiment Collection display includes two of the Singapore Drums, and tells the traumatic story of the Regiment's imprisonment by the Japanese during World War Two.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Marine fossils
  • Prehistoric tools and weapons
  • Roman pottery
  • Anglo Saxon jewellery
  • Farming history
  • Brewing
  • Cambridgeshire Regiment Collection including two of the Singapore Drums
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.

Meet Father Christmas at Ely Museum

  • 12 — 13 December 2015 10:30am-3pm

Head down to the museum on the weekend of the 12th and 13th December to meet Father Christmas at Ely Museum and receive a special gift! Enjoy fun Victorian crafts in the museums Vernon Cross room too!

Meet Father Christmas on Saturday from 10:30 - 12:30 & from 1-3 and on Sunday from 1-3pm

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3 per child including a special gift



Ely Museum
The Old Gaol






01353 666655


01353 659259

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