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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.

Ely Museum Trust was set up in 1972 with much voluntary support. After opening in Ely High Street, the Museum moved to the Old Gaol on Market Street in 1997. Dating from the 13th century, this building has been a private house, a tavern, a registry office and most famously the Bishop's Gaol. Sensitively renovated in 1997 much of the building's history can still be seen, including prisoner's graffiti, hidden doorways and original planking on the walls.

Ely Museum is an independent museum and a registered charity (No. 274253). It relies on grants by East Cambridgeshire District Council and the City of Ely Council, admissions and the generosity of visitors to remain open.

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 guide to the galleries, toilets and a gift shop make this an ideal destination for all of the family.


2015 Events - Ædwen's brooch - The Mystery of Sutton's Silver - 18th July - 18 October

Anglo Saxon Adventure
1 August (11am-4pm)
Living History Day. Anglo Saxons are invading! Come and learn about their lives, dress up and taste their food at Ely Museum. A fun day out for the whole family.
Drop-in, normal admission charges apply.

Viking Vessels
6 August (10.30am-1pm)
Make your own Viking longship from recycled materials!
Please book in advance, £3 per child.
Suitable for children aged 7-11 years.

The curious story of Ædwen's brooch: from Anglo-Saxon Sutton to the British Museum
11 August-7pm.
A talk by Rosie Weetch, Project Curator at the British Museum
Tickets £4, available in advance.

Riddles and Runes
13 August (11am-12.30pm)
Will these riddles and runes befuddle your brain? Come decode our writing and create your own.
Children's craft workshop. Please book in advance, £3 per child.
Suitable for children aged 5-11 years.

Mythical Monsters and Marvellous Creatures
20 August (11am-12.30pm)
Investigate creatures from mythology and create your own monsters and crazy creatures.
Please book in advance, £3 per child.

Silver Workshop:
Make your own silver brooch with Spoilt Rotten Beads
3 October
(9am-12.45pm & 1.45pm-5.30pm)
Be inspired by Ædwen's beautiful brooch and work with silver clay to create your own unique design.
(Afterwards you can send your silver brooch to be officially hall-marked.)
Ticket price £25. Limited places; please book in advance.
Suitable for adults and young people over the age of 12.