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Ely Museum

The Old Gaol | Market St, Ely CB7 4LS, England
+44 1353 666655
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A charming local museum

I was rather taken with this museum. The staff was knowledgeable and happy to share what they... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
worth a visit.

A pleasant way to spend an hour or two.Not too crowded,good selection of local items,well set out... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Bourne, United Kingdom
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Ely Museum, a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop's Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely & the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the twentieth century.Displays include original prison cells, fossils that can be touched, Roman remains and an archive film of the Fens including punt guns and eel catching.A museum guide, children's activities, toilets and a gift shop make this an ideal destination for all of the family.
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  • Very good46%
  • Average18%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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The Old Gaol | Market St, Ely CB7 4LS, England
+44 1353 666655
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was rather taken with this museum. The staff was knowledgeable and happy to share what they knew. The museum itself runs the gamut in terms of time period and focus, and I enjoyed dipping into different eras of Ely. The exhibit on the fens...More

Thank sladar
Reviewed 14 July 2017

A pleasant way to spend an hour or two.Not too crowded,good selection of local items,well set out. Well set out picture of jail cell and its residents.You also get a card for free return visits for a year

Thank DMH70
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This has quite a varied collection of items from Ely's history, and delightful staff! It is a guide yourself museum, with one steep staircase, but this has a chair lift. Plenty to look at from archive film of eel fishing in the fens, to WW2...More

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Lots of local information about Ely throughout time. Apart from a family, we had the whole place to ourselves and there is a little patio garden area with a bench and pond to recharge batteries. Staff friendly and helpful

1  Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 3 April 2017

It is a small museum but an ideal way to spend an hour or two. There are some interactive things like dressing up for children. It shows the history of Ely and the area.

Thank TiggerNorfolk
Reviewed 19 February 2017

a brilliant museum in a quite part of ely, the exhibits need more time than we had to spare, a full day is needed to do justice, well laid out , excellent exhibits, worth our visit to ely just to come here

Thank daveskegness
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Step out of the back door of the Lamb hotel and you will find this museum. We simply love unassuming museums that must struggle to be viable yet pack so much into their collections. This is no exception, a TARDIS formed from the old gaol...More

1  Thank tyketyke
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Ely Museum is a good museum. It is hard for me to say great only because I really love the setup of the Burwell Museum. But I think that those living here temporarily, such as the Americans stationed here, it is a good place to...More

Thank Kimberly C
Reviewed 26 January 2017

As we went as a couple of oldies - we found it wasn't really for us, but if you took your children or grandchildren it is the perfect place to be especially on a cold wet day! There was so much going on for the...More

Thank suehillage
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I went there whn they were having a Medieval day. Lots of people dressed up in medieval costumes. gret! Great way for kids and adults to learn history, They had workshops and demonstrations going on and I saw the demo on firearms and armour. Great!

1  Thank sue w
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