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Ely Museum

The Old Gaol | Market St, Ely, England
01353666655
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Ely
Type: History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

we have lived in ely for a while and never visited but when we did we were very impressed. we were the first people in there and it starts off with finds from around ely from stoneage era to victorian. the artifacts are brilliant and theres a description with every one, we were particulary interested in the prison upstairs. it... More

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Interesting place to visit. Near the city centre. Admission Free.

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Lincolnshire, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We bought a combined ticked for Oliver Cromwell's house and Ely Museum. The Museum on its on is quite dry. There are interesting parts, particularly the use of the building as a prison, however there is an awful lot of 'stand and read boards' rather than visual or hands-on exhibits. I tend to find trays of Roman terracotta pots quite... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Lots to see, both history of the building itself and Ely. Joint entry available with Oliver Cromwell's House.

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March, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It was a joy for a family day out as we dont live far away, and was a just a nice day out for the kids.

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Hengelo, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Ely Museum is a very small museum. The only interesting thing is the bit about the old gaol. The museum needs a thorough overhaul, or perhaps even better, just close it. Information provided contains spelling errors.

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Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Although a small museum, they have made great use of the space on various levels to house quite an extensive collection of interesting local and other artifacts.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Not at all preachy or pretentious staff very helpful and informative. We visited on a lovely summers day and didn't regret misssing the sunshine as the place was so interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Located in the city's old gaol building the museum gives a very interesting overview of the history of the Fens and the city (though not much on the cathedral which demands its own visit). Kids are certainly not neglected - there are helmets and costumes to try on and pottery pieces and fossils to pick up. Little ones are probably... More

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