We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ely Museum

History Museums, Museums
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Address: The Old Gaol | Market St, Ely, England
Phone Number: 01353666655
Website
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.
read more
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 55 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Most recent review
Excellent little gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
Lucy O
,
Ely, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Ely, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridgeshire
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Suffolk
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dorchester, South Carolina, United States
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lincolnshire, UK
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
47 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Ely Museum also viewed

 

Been to Ely Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ely Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?