Ampthill Micro-Museum

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Ampthill Micro-Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Situated above Ampthill Fireplaces, the Ampthill-micro museum is the first of its kind in Bedfordshire. Detailing the past of our historic Georgian market town, Ampthill. The exhibition shows the history of the small Bedfordshire town all the way back to 1089 with its initial mentioning in King William the Conqueror’s Domesday book. Travelling through time the exhibit shows how the town was involved with King Henry VIII, the rapid redevelopment of the 1700s and many more interesting points in the towns long history. The museum also allows visitors to get hands on with history, featuring a copy of the famous book ‘Masquerade’ by Kit Williams which sent the whole country on a treasure hunt for a golden hare which was buried in Ampthill and inspired a whole generation of treasure-hunting books, this amongst other things are available to view in the museum. The museum is open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday.
Suggested duration
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Henry M
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nothing stuffy or dusty
Aug 2019
a fantastic place and clearly a lot of love and thought has gone into arranging the exhibits. Strongly recommended!
Written November 20, 2019
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Inspiration52827
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A great way to spend 30 minutes if you're in Ampthill
Mar 2019 • Family
Really interesting, especially the Masquerade book info. Nice people that run it too, a great thing to have locally.
Written March 25, 2019
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Louis J
1 contribution
A great micro insight to Ampthill
Aug 2017 • Family
Very informative with lots of interesting history. I really liked the way it's displayed. The people are very welcoming. A great addition to Ampthill and well worth a visit.
Written September 7, 2017
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ALANPARKER21
Nottingham, UK9 contributions
Impressively respectful homage to local history
Aug 2017 • Couples
Having initially visited this impressive building to browse the wide range of fireplaces and stoves on display, I was taken aback with the micro museum on the top floor. Apart from the pleasant distraction of shopping, I was astounded at the amount of care & attention that has been put into displaying the local history. A real bonus find and a nice team on hand to answer any questions - historical or stove related (I had a few of each!)
Written August 30, 2017
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chrismhs
London, UK26 contributions
Quaint, enjoyable little find
Aug 2017
Was visiting Ampthill Fireplaces and stumbled across Ampthill's veg own micro museum on the top floor. I'm a sucker for history, so loved the timeline and authentic WW1 plaque. Amazing!
Written August 29, 2017
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abbieb99
Bedford, UK1 contribution
Worth the visit!
Aug 2017 • Family
Unlike the size of the museum itself, the history of Ampthill is far from small. A timeline of the towns history is presented upon the walls of the museum and a glass cabinet, encases artifacts which have been donated from members of the community. Being a free attraction and suitable for all ages, the Ampthill Micro-Museum is definitely worth a visit.
Written August 26, 2017
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Tara H
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A must see in Ampthill
Jul 2017 • Friends
Having not lived too long in the local area it is always interesting to learn about the history of local towns and villages. Ampthill's Micro Museum does just that - giving you snippets of key historical facts through the ages. For such a small town it is interesting to see just how much history the town has created. My favourite has to be the story of the Golden Hare and why Ampthill was chosen as the be the hiding place of this treasure. A must see for anyone who is would like to learn about some interesting facts about Ampthill's history. Highly recommended!
Written August 25, 2017
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steve o
Luton, UK3 contributions
Interesting diversion
Aug 2017 • Solo
I dropped into the shop because I had been told about the museum by a friend. If you are a first time visitor to Ampthill, or you have visited but not strayed from the town centre, its a must. After visiting you can go and seek out some of the wonderful historical sites depicted in the time line. The shop itself is lovely, located in an old Georgian building on the market square. The museum is on the top floor and i got a bit distracted looking at all of the wonderful log burners and fire places, but made it eventually. it must be said that it is, as it says on the Tin, a micro museum, but as the only place in Ampthill I have found where you can explore the interesting history of the town, its a really welcome addition. The time line shows just what a varied and culturally important place Ampthill has been. Its connections to Henry Viii and Catherine of Aragon are fascinating; a Queen locked in a Castle on the hill is the stuff of fairy tales. Other facts about the town are represented, the House Beautiful depicted in A Pilgrims Progress, lies in ruins on the edge of Ampthill; the sit of a major WW1 training camp in the park and the man who named New York (twice) lived in the town. Please visit and enjoy as I did and maybe it will grow into an even better attraction for visitors. The shop owners are more than happy for you to visit the museum even if, like me, you weren't looking for a beautiful log burner and its free.
Written August 24, 2017
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theresegray7
Ampthill, UK3 contributions
Micro Museum
Aug 2017 • Solo
The museum may be small but it has an interesting time line and glass show case which help you to immerse yourself in the history of Ampthill, and helps you realise that in essence it is small but great things really do come in small sizes. A lot of interesting facts for all ages beautifully displayed revealing Ampthill's rich historical past.
Written August 17, 2017
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FunguyBedfordshire
Bedfordshire1 contribution
A small gem
Aug 2017 • Family
Highly recommend the micro musuem, to young and old, in words and pictures Ampthill's long history is revealed .As the name suggests, the micro-musuem is tiny but packed with facts, most of which I was not aware of,which surprised me having lived locally all my life.
I found it fascinating to learn Ampthill is recorded in the domseday book as an ant infested hill ! which i now realise was the inspiration for the name Ampthill.
Written August 17, 2017
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Ampthill Micro-Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM