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Ely Museum

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Address: The Old Gaol | Market St, Ely CB7 4LS, England
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+44 1353 666655
Today
10:30 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
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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.

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A nice museum

I must be biased because my father used to work in a little local museum but I find these places fun and amusing. The effort they go to to collect and preserve their local... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 December 2016
Marklet1
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

photos and stories of the locality known as the Fens around Ely from the different Royal air force stations of WW2 to how they have now closed and used the hangers for storage and distribution purposes. History of the cathedral all put into normal language that every body will be able to understand.

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Thank Fred W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I must be biased because my father used to work in a little local museum but I find these places fun and amusing. The effort they go to to collect and preserve their local identity is amazing. The pride for their local area is great. I learnt a lot from being there, more so than Oliver Cromwell's house. We need... More 

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Thank Marklet1
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was a small museum with a few displays & video about local history. The gentleman at reception was polite & friendly & made us feel welcome.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We enjoyed visiting this museum - a lot of information on the history of the area and good signage. Well worth a visit.

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Thank barbara361
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Ely is a beautiful place and this little museum was informative about local history etc. We enjoyed having a look around. Doesn't take very long to get around it but it has enough information to keep you busy for an hour or so.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We visited this museum and spend over an hour there. It is very well organized by time and runs from prehistoric up to the present. Not a large museum, but a great deal of information is packed into it. Wonderful signs/posters explain many items, events, points in history. Good for children, too, because there are hands on activities spaced throughout... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This was was really interesting and I really enjoyed it walking round was nice. The people were friendly!

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Notts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We had been some years ago but several exhibits have changed. Wheelchairs are now provided on both floors with a connecting stair lift which one of us used. Exhibits tracing Ely and the Fens over the centuries all most absorbing and well presented in the limited space available. Recommend to all visitors to Ely whether or not interested in history.... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

A very good local Museum as it portrays the earlier life of residents of Ely and has lots of artifacts that are interesting

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Not much to look at from the outside, but exhibits inside are well laid out, and the narrative follows themes well. The role of the fens and their draining, and the effects on which industries became viable or not viable.

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