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Address: The Old Gaol | Market St, Ely, England
Phone Number: 01353666655
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Description: Ely Museum, a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the...
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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Pretty good. My kids loved it!

I live in Ely, but don't get a chance to do the 'tourist' thing there. However I had my young children (8 and 7) for the weekend and this was an obvious choice. The only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
John_in-Ely
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Ely, United Kingdom
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Ely, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I live in Ely, but don't get a chance to do the 'tourist' thing there. However I had my young children (8 and 7) for the weekend and this was an obvious choice. The only downside was a particularly graphic prison scene which might scare young children on the more sensitive side.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This museum is well worth visiting. The exhibits are brilliantly displayed and the old video form the 1930s is well worth watching.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
50 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This museum s rubbish, and we wrote as much on the children's toy plastic exhibit! We were there around 10 minutes and we completed the whole tour. Don't go! WE saved a couple £9 as we left by informing them.

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CuratorEly, Assistant Curator at Ely Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm very sorry to hear that you thought our museum is 'rubbish' and particularly sorry that you sent other visitors away without giving them the chance to make their own decision. It would be very helpful to us if you could give me a bit more information about what it was you didn't like as... More 

Ely, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Fantastic museum! Visited a number of years ago and was pleasantly surprised as to how much is on show. Very well laid out, informative and such good value for money! Should be a definite visit for tourists and locals

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Cambridgeshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
5 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Tucked away at the end of Market Street, Ely Museum is well worth a visit by visitors and locals alike. A classic insight into Fenland life since the middle ages one leaves the museum wondering how anybody managed to endure such a harsh existence. They made them tough out there!

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is the sort of museum I like. Not too many exhibits but enough to stimulate interest in local life particularly the old gaol.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Really lovely museum. Fantastic welcome, helpful staff. Lots to do for the children. The explorer tool belt was a big hit with all three of my children, age 2, 6 & 8. Loads of hands on stuff & interesting things to learn about. Really reasonable admission prices. Highly recommend.

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Suffolk
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I think my title explains all really, it did have some interesting bits but the descriptions they gave were wrote like only children would read them. I think if they updated it all a bit it would be a good museum as the history of Ely is really diverse and interesting.

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Dorchester, South Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I love the gift shop and would like to know how I can purchase CD's of the Organ music, etc. Do you have a website? I wish Christmas decorations had been out, but if you have a website, and ship to the USA, I'd be so willing to purchase online.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A variety of history from roman times to be seen at the museum. Well worth a visit. We bought our entry tickets from Oliver Cromwells house at a reduced rate.

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