Jack the Ripper Museum
Jack the Ripper Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The museum at 12 Cable Street is a museum dedicated to the history of the East London in the 1880's, providing a serious examination of the crimes of Jack the Ripper within the social context of the period. For the first time it tells the story of the man known as 'Jack the Ripper' from the perspective of six of the women who were his victims.
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Neighborhood: Whitechapel
Whether you're here for its dynamic street life, world class galleries or famed curry houses, you're bound to be wowed by the uniquely cosmopolitan flavor of Whitechapel. Long gone are the days when Jack the Ripper stalked its streets. And despite his mysterious legacy bringing throngs of curiosity driven tour groups to its back alleys and otherwise serene garden squares, these days you're more likely to catch a cutting edge fashionista scurrying through its age old lanes than criminals of any sort.
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  • twasy31
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely recommend
    As soon as we walked in Pat greeted us with a big smile and warm welcome, even gave me directions to our high tea cruise before we left 😸 the basement was the creepiest and coolest floor even though the whole thing was very intriguing. Was definitely a lot bigger then I had anticipated it would be and you're free to spend as much time there as you'd like which is great since there's lots of things to see and read. Definitely recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 3, 2023
  • W R
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and atmospheric
    Great little museum which was easy to find. Patricia was very lovely, extremely welcoming and informative. There was nothing too gory or shocking, just interesting facts, information and displays in rooms as they would have been set out in that era. The creaking floorboards added to the atmosphere, which was fun. Worth a visit, you can take your time, but it is a small building (lots of stairs) so choose a quieter time to go or you may have to wait a little if its busy.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Natalie F
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place for Jack the ripper enthusiast
    I thought the museum was wonderful. As you go through the door you're in the shop which sells all sorts of great things. I was met by a lovely lady called Pat who served me and explained the layout. Each floor was really interesting. I didn't have as much time as I'd have liked to spend there so I took pictures of everything so I could read all the info properly on my way back to Blackpool. I think the mortuary was my favourite floor though as it described how they died. I definitely recommend visiting and have a look at the doll house room box behind the counter, the detail Is incredible 👌
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Jamie B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    This is a great museum. It was very informative, and it had a great lay-out. The bottom floor has real photographs of some of the victims, so it may not be suitable for younger visitors. My younger sons (12 and 14) stayed in the gift shop when I was on the bottom floor. I am very glad we went to the museum; I learned a lot. Highly recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Stephen N
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Visit To Jack The Ripper Museum
    We visited the museum and on arrival we were greeted by a very friendly member of staff who explained how much the tickets were to the layout of the museum. We started the tour not knowing what to expect but were really pleased with the exhibits and all the information on the walls relating to the room we were in. The five levels of rooms were really interesting and we were 100% happy with our visit and highly recommend that you pay a visit and see for yourself.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Num P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab, intimate tour, respectful, friendly and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend.
    We attended the museum and guided walk on Sunday. The museum was cool and gave you lots of info on the victims. However the guided walk topped it. Sam our guide was a fountain of knowledge, about the ripper case and the history of London. We passed another tour group on the way that must have had atleast 30 people in it. But we were only a group of 7 making it alot more interactive, but not in a cheesy entertaining way. I was very happy we discovered this tour, and would recommend it to anyone.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Christine h
    Leeds, United Kingdom129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Experience, Great Value for Money!
    We did the tour on our own and was easy to navigate. Started at the top of the building and worked our way down to the Morgue, very informative and the rooms we saw were quite realistic, having read various books on this. Friendly lady on Reception too. The weather was extremely hot, over 30 degrees, but as it was only a short walk from our hotel it wasn't much of a problem, we used google Maps and found it straight away. All in all a good find and would definitely recommend for the money!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Justin H
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool museum, very knowledgeable curator.
    Very cool museum, lots of creepy props and items on exhibit. There’s lots of stairs (5 floors) but, fortunately there’s a lift if you have any mobility issues. Magda at the front desk is a wealth of knowledge and can answer all of your questions with ease!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Vacationer587725
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very informative guided tour
    We very much enjoyed our trip to the museum very interesting. Beth who was on the desk when we arrived was very helpful. We also.do the walking tour. Although I have worked in the area for a number of years and knew some of the history I learnt so much more from our guide Sam. Altogether a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Helen M
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hundred minutes well spent with Sam.
    Brilliant day out. The museum was really interesting full of information and curiosities. But the real fun began with Sam. The walk was not only historical it was also full of facts and information we had never heard before. The walk through the back streets of White Chapel was excellent. Sam is full of knowledge and puts dates over clearly and did not shy away from the horrific things that happened. We all loved it and would highly recommend this tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
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Kamile K
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
I would recommend doing both the museum and the walk combo as it was really good value for the amount of information. I'm glad we chose to do the museum first as well, as the walk was just over 1.5 hours. The museum is not very big, 30-40 mins is enough but great attention to detail and good background to the walk, also some interesting items in the little shop. Best part was the tour guide Sam, as a historian and researcher he clearly has a wide knowledge of not just the Jack the Ripper story but the Victorian era as a whole and painted a realistic picture of the times the murders took place. Additionally he pointed out some other interesting London facts and gave some documentary recommendations if interested to learn more.
Written January 2, 2023
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linpoly
Portsmouth, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Although the museum is very small and most of what you see can be googled, we thought it was still worth visiting and was very reasonably priced. We booked the walking tour which was excellent and far better than anticipated. For the price we paid, £16pp for entrance to the museum and the tour we were not expecting much as we considered it fairly cheap. However the tour which lasted approx 1hr 40mins with a local historian and researcher far outweighed our expectations. (Apologies for forgetting the name, I think he was possibly "Sam") So much information given and intelligent answers given to questions asked. Lots of local history snippets too. We would definetly recommend the walking tour added on to the museum entrance.
Written May 15, 2022
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Neil
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
It was very short, it advised 2 hours on the website - we were out in less than 1 !
It was a shame as it was overcrowded in such a small museum - think a time booked system would work better - to actually give you time to go around and read/look at everything, without feeling rushed.
Nearly £40 for a family is a bit much i feel, if the walking tour had been included that then would of been worth it.
Basically ok but just overall shame and expected more.
Written September 4, 2022
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Elizabeth Iris
Matlock, UK237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I really enjoyed the museum, it is small, but there is lots to see and read. Due to COVID-19, you need to book a timed ticket in advance. The museum opens at 10, and I was the first person to arrive (I had to wait for it to open). A couple more people arrived a little after me, but there was plenty of space for social distancing, and it did not get busy.
Written June 15, 2021
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Peta P
Sidcup, UK515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
The museum was quaint and very informative with great exhibits. The tour was amazing our guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave us new facts and secrets never been told. I highly recommend this if you are a fan and all the info given really does make you question things and makes it fun to play detective.
Written August 8, 2021
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Rachael Jones
34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
I went into the museum but did not take the walking tour with my mother. The museum may be five stories, but it's more like five large rooms. Each room is just a set of props, with the occasional framed paper with excessive print explaining what each room is trying to portray. I was beyond bored and had seen everything within 25 minutes (I was trying to stretch out my time and look at absolutely everything). This is a definite skip.
Written January 16, 2020
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Stephen N
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited the museum and on arrival we were greeted by a very friendly member of staff who explained how much the tickets were to the layout of the museum. We started the tour not knowing what to expect but were really pleased with the exhibits and all the information on the walls relating to the room we were in. The five levels of rooms were really interesting and we were 100% happy with our visit and highly recommend that you pay a visit and see for yourself.
Written July 2, 2023
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Robert241056
Westgate-on-Sea, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Business
Attended the museum with a group of my students having discussed various forensic science aspects of JR murders and subsequent enquiry. Thoroughly recommend this as a way of contextualising many aspects of our teaching and know that the students thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the subsequent tour. Thank you to Magda for being a fabulous to guide on our trip around the various sites in Whitechapel
Written November 18, 2021
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mark b
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We come to London each year with teenage girls, and are always looking for a new experience. Jack the Ripper has always held a fascination, and now that the girls were of an appropriate age we decided to take the plunge and look deeper into this fascinating and macabre character.

The Museum itself was a helpful backdrop to both the history of the murders and surrounding environment in which they were committed. Most importantly there was the right balance between detail and reverence for such a sensitive subject.

The walk was a revelation, and Sam brought Victorian (and Roman!) London to life with his graphic description of Whitechapel and the horrors to which the 'residents' were exposed in order to eke out a torturous existence. Be prepared for some horrific revelations (but the faint-hearted can easily opt out). Cracking value for money, bearing in mind the Museum trip and walk easily cover 3 hours of entertainment.
Written November 4, 2023
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Katya I
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Excellent walking tour with Magda, but don't waste your time with museum. It's really really small, you'd spent at most 40-50 min there - not worth the price.

The newspaper clippings would have been interesting to read, but the writing is so small it's impossible to read.

Very unenthusiastic staff with poor communication skills working on the till, the day I visited
Written November 2, 2022
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