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Ely Museum

The Old Gaol Market Street | Market St, Ely CB7 4LS, England
+44 1353 666655
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This was our first and im glad we found it . We thoroughly enjoyed it and it was very interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David S
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Great visit

A small local museum that provided a great snapshot of the development and history of the area... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2018
Gillian S
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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.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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  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
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The Old Gaol Market Street | Market St, Ely CB7 4LS, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first and im glad we found it . We thoroughly enjoyed it and it was very interesting We will be back Many thanks David

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Reviewed May 1, 2018

A small local museum that provided a great snapshot of the development and history of the area. There is a lot to see and I need to visit it again

Thank Gillian S
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Various pottery fragments and several medieval items. Various prison related displays. I thought the most interesting part was a video about the fens, which was particularly informative.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

I'm very glad Ely *has* a museum, which is why I'm giving it 2 stars. The town has a fascinating history, but it is poorly served. The exhibits look tired and dated, there are not very many artefacts on display and the £4.50 entrance fee...More

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Ely C, Assistant Curator at Ely Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

I'm sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to Ely Museum, but glad that you think our staff were doing a good job. We agree with your assessment that the museum needs investment and a facelift - we are in the process...More

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Reviewed December 5, 2017

This was our first visit to Ely and being interested in history, the museum was a must. The video showing the history of Ely was brilliant and the fact that you can handle some of the artefacts was fun. The only problem I had is...More

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Reviewed November 19, 2017

We visited this small but well formed museum on a winter Friday afternoon. It is well laid out and had lots of explanations of the locally found exhibits. The film on eel fishing on the fens was informative. The old goal was suitably unpleasant in...More

Thank CJSNetwork
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Reviewed November 2, 2017

Although there has been a museum in Ely for a long time the displays are modern and fresh.Showing the old plank walls from its time as a prison in situ is very clever indeed. Of course the great torque is a superb exhibit and worth...More

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed September 1, 2017

I was rather taken with this museum. The staff was knowledgeable and happy to share what they knew. The museum itself runs the gamut in terms of time period and focus, and I enjoyed dipping into different eras of Ely. The exhibit on the fens...More

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Reviewed July 13, 2017

A pleasant way to spend an hour or two.Not too crowded,good selection of local items,well set out. Well set out picture of jail cell and its residents.You also get a card for free return visits for a year

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Reviewed June 16, 2017

This has quite a varied collection of items from Ely's history, and delightful staff! It is a guide yourself museum, with one steep staircase, but this has a chair lift. Plenty to look at from archive film of eel fishing in the fens, to WW2...More

Thank Christine S
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