Ely Museum

Ely Museum
The Old Gaol






01353 666655


01353 659259

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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.

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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.

Butterflies and Bugs craft morning at Ely Museum

  • 9 April 2015 11am-12:30pm

Have you spotted lots of bugs and butterflies in your garden this spring? Join us at Ely Museum on the 9th April for a fun ‘Butterflies and Bugs’ craft morning and make your very own to take home! PLUS enjoy decorating yummy biscuits and have fun with our Easter trail!

Tickets are £3 per participating child and booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. Tickets will not be available on the day. Please call the museum on 01353 666655 or email admin@elymuseum.org.uk to book. This event is suitable for children aged 5-11.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6


£3 per child