Ware Museum

Ware Museum
Priory Lodge
89 High Street
SG12 9AL

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014





01920 487 848

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Ware Museum
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The small museum that brought the Great Bed of Ware home. The Bed has now returned to the V&A but you can still touch and feel our full sized replica of one of the bedposts. The Museum contains a substantial collection of artefacts from Ware's past, a walk on well and interactive displays. Our refurbished World War 2 Command Bunker houses an interactive area where children can learn about the Blitz and all the 'joys' of being evacuees. Level access to the museum. Knowledgeble and friendly stewards always available to assist.

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Opening hours

Tues, Weds, Sat 1100-1600
Sun & Bank holiday Mondays 1400-1600

Other times by appointment.

Admission charges

Free but donations are appreciated.

Additional info

Pay and Display car park near by. Public toilets within the grounds of Ware Priory.

Permanent displays show a timeline of Ware's Social, Industrial and Archaeological History from pre-historic times to the Second World War.

New displays on Malting and a Hitch Brick 'window'. Part of the coverlet of the Great Bed of Ware is on display.

The Mediaeval Well discovered within the museum grounds is now incorporated in the new gallery.

World War 2 Bunker with interactive display.

Collection details

Archaeology, Industry, Land Transport, Medicine, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Great Bed coverlet
  • Wickhams
  • Allen & Hanburys
  • World War 2
  • Mediaeval Well
  • Malting
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Heritage Open Days 2014: Ware Museum

  • 13 — 14 September 2014

Ware Museum is an independent museum opened in 1986 in the former Victorian lodge house of Ware Priory. The museum is entirely volunteer run. Refurbished in 2001, following a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, permanent displays show a timeline of Ware's Social, Industrial and Archaeological History from pre-historic times to WWII. In 2007 a second HLF grant allowed the museum to be further enlarged in preparation for the return of the Great Bed of Ware on loan from the V&A during 2012 with the help of an HLF grant. The Bed has retruned to the V&A now but we still have a reproduction of a bedpost, that can be touched, and new displays.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.