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The Stained Glass Museum

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Address: The South Triforium | Ely Cathedral, Ely CB7 4DL, England
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+44 1353 660347
10:30 - 17:00
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The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating...

The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least thirteen hundred years.

Our permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels representing eight hundred years of the history of this ancient art, from the thirteenth century to the present day. All the stained glass panels in the gallery are displayed at eye-level enabling visitors to have a rare close-encounter with the art of stained glass.

Temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year, highlighting panels and designs from the Museum's reserve collection.

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a vista of wonder

for people interested in history of churches etc, or stained glass ...its manufacture & use then this is great. the workmanship is astounding, the colours breathtaking..the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Skegness, United Kingdom
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Skegness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

for people interested in history of churches etc, or stained glass ...its manufacture & use then this is great. the workmanship is astounding, the colours breathtaking..the descriptive models of how a window is made up is worth the trip alone....however young people may not appreciate these finer arts... after climbing the stairs this wonder in peacefull surroundings is spectacular.

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East Grinstead, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

My sister and I visited here on a miserable February morning little knowing what to expect. Climbing the spiral stairway, what would we find? Well, there is a shop selling various glass craft ware and books on the topic of stained glass, plus the pay desk. The young lady on duty looked frozen and visitors might like to think about... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

So you need to go up 40 stairs, some winding, in an old cathedral to get to the museum. Worth it. There is a large display of stained glass creations from various centuries and styles. Beautifully displayed for easy viewing. Spent more time there than in the Cathedral to our surprise.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Great visit with lots of explanations about how this craft and art is done. Something we take for granted these days - what a gift they are. This was the google images of the past!

King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Ely cathedral is amongst the top five in England. We have visited it many times but until recently never gone into their stained glass museum. Friends, it is totally worth it. A lot bigger than you may anticipate but very well curated and displayed. Whilst enjoying the exhibits, I particularly delighted in the models showing how stained glass is constructed.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Perfect descriptions underneath, not too wordy, which makes for a decent length tour. Some beautiful exhibits, all well looked after. We particularly liked the models demonstrating how the glass is made. Great value museum, definitely worth a visit.

Thank Lydia S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Discovered this on visit to Ely cathedral before Christmas....my advice is not to go at that time of year...was impossible to park we 3nded up on the road into town and walked. You have to pay to visit the museum which is just on the right inside the cathedral. Beautifully done and is an illustrated history of stained glass.including some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Visited to attend a talk being given by the curator of this wonderful museum and found it extremely interesting. The museum is located within Ely Cathedral, and a hidden gem. Fascinating stained glass from mediaeval through to present day, with curatorial historical and technical information provided throughout adding to the wonder of the place. Would recommend to anyone able to... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

although it is on first floor it is well worth a visiti myself am a glass painter and i find it fascinating to go and see how medievil windows were painted and then stained glass was used at a later date

Thank Fred W
St Neots, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

whilst visiting the Ely Cathedral we spent time at the museum. Not the largest collect but comprehensive. Although in evidence I would have liked to have seen more story telling about the processes that go into making a finished piece of stained glass. As it stands right now you are round the displays in a short period of time. More... More 

Thank Martin W

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