Opening Hours, Christmas Opening and Current Events

Word of Mouth PosterOpening hours: We’re operating our Winter 2018 Schedule and we are open are as follows:

  • Monday: open for tours at 12:00pm and 2:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Friday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 11:30am – 4:30pm

Yuletide opening arrangements: we’ll be open as usual until 5:00pm on Saturday 22 December and then closed for the Christmas holidays. We’ll return to our normal opening hours from Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Our current exhibition: we are hosting Oblique Arts’ Word of Mouth, a museumwide exhibition about our largest local ethnic minority — the Travelling People and Showmen of Cambridgeshire — between 13 November and 9 December. More…

Don’t forget: our Museum Shop has a range of exciting Made in Cambridge items on sale that will make perfect gifts this Christmas.

Welcome to our Museum

Over three hundred years of Cambridgeshire history in the former White Horse Inn. The timber framed building was a coaching inn from the 17th century. Explore our collections, from household objects, paintings and toys to Fen folklore cures and remedies. Discover the fascinating stories of local people – find the Giant’s Boot, the prize belt of the long distance champion of the world, witch bottles and the real Muffin Man.


Latest News

  • Plough Monday
    Plough Monday Workshop: Babylon Arts
    Plough Monday Inspired Art Workshop at Babylon Arts: 12:00pm — 2:00pm, Saturday 5 January, Babylon Arts Gallery, Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU

    Drop in to the Babylon Gallery in Ely on Saturday 5 January and craft some colourful artwork, inspired by the East Anglian agricultural tradition of Plough Monday, to brighten the winter months...
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  • Word of Mouth lottery banner
    Calling All National Lottery Players
    Your ticket purchases are a key part to securing our local heritage. Along with our partners, Oblique Arts, we would like to say thank you by taking you on a free tour of our current exhibition Word of Mouth...
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  • Oral history recording, small
    Creating a Permanent Record of Our Oral History
    We’re told wondrous, curious and sometimes tremendously heart-breaking stories about the past as we grow up but they are so easily lost. How can we preserve them? We want to create a team of oral historians who will help us to collect tales from around Cambridgeshire. We're running oral history training sessions where you can learn how to interview people for our archives...
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Upcoming Events

  1. Word of Mouth Banner

    Exhibition: Word of Mouth

    13 Nov - 9 Dec
  2. January Walking Tour: Hidden Cambridge and the Museum of Cambridge

    6 Jan 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  3. February Walking Tour: Hidden Cambridge and the Museum of Cambridge

    3 Feb 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


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We have a number of opportunities to volunteer at our Museum available at present, more information is available on our volunteering pages

Capturing Cambridge

Capturing Cambridge is a project which develops the Museum as a venue, resource centre and ‘home’ for local and community history projects in Cambridge.

Tracing Traditions

How do people remember and reinvent age-old traditions for our modern world? How does folklore influence the way we live? We will be exploring these ideas and more in this project.