Museum of Cambridge

About The Museum

The Museum of Cambridge is one of the oldest social history museums in the UK. Occupying a 17th century timber framed former coaching inn, we house a unique collection. From household objects, paintings and toys to Fenland folklore cures and customs, we tell the fascinating stories of Cambridgeshire people.

Opening Times

The Museum is located on the corner of Castle Street and Northampton Street, just 5 minutes walk from the City centre.

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10:30am - 5:00pm, last admissions: 4:30pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 4:00pm, last admissions: 3:30pm
  • Good Friday: closed
  • Easter Saturday: closed
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 12:00 - 4:00pm, last admissions: 3:30pm

Enquiries: 01223 355159

Admission Charges

  • Adults: £4.00
  • Concessions: £2.00
  • Child under age 12: Free

Tea Room Open

  • Saturdays (except Easter): 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Sundays (except Easter)/Bank Holidays: 12.00 - 3.30pm

Support Us

Become a Friend of the Museum View leaflet

Support our new Education Fund View leaflet

Tracing Traditions

Tracing Traditions is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund - delivered by the Museums Association.

The project aims to discover how the people of Cambridgeshire have remembered and reinvented age-old traditions for the modern world.

Through a collaborative partnership with diverse local communities and partner museums within Cambridgeshire, Tracing Traditions will continue Enid Porter's folklore legacy, and we invite people to share their customs, beliefs and traditions.

Capturing Cambridge Uncovering the Stories of our Streets

Capturing Cambridge is a new venture at the Museum of Cambridge to develop the Museum as a venue, resource centre and 'home' for local and community history projects in Cambridge.

There are many ways in which you can get involved:

  • volunteer at the Museum to help us geolocate items from our collections on the Capturing Cambridge website and research aspects of the history of Cambridge using our collections,
  • share your memories of Cambridge past with us,
  • use your knowledge and expertise to help us train volunteers in different aspects of local, community and oral history,
  • connect your local history, community or interest group with our growing network
  • sign up to hear about workshops on how to do local and oral history
  • come along to one of our free talks

Come and see us at the Museum or email to make an enquiry or find out more.

Schools Programme 2017

We offer an exciting programme of workshops for Primary School children at the museum. All workshops include hands-on activities with museum staff and themed trails around the museum.

Our museum is very well placed to meet the ‘Local History’ objectives of the National Curriculum containing a wealth of objects which tell the stories of life in Cambridge and the surrounding area.


We offer three workshops to support a Local History Study:

  • Cambridge Heroes (Half Day - Years 1-4)
  • Victorians in Cambridge (Full Day - Years 4-6)
  • Fen History and Folklore (Half Day - KS2)

As well as workshops on Victorians, Toy Detectives, Homes in the past, Changing Technology and Tall Tales.

And don’t forget to book our seasonal workshops ‘Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside’ (June/July) and A Victorian Christmas (November/December).

Loan Boxes

Full of original and reproduction objects that are specifically for handling, our selection of loans boxes includes Toys, Homes in the Past, Victorians, Fenland Life and Football. We also hire out a Victorian School Day Kit containing all you need to run a Victorian School Day at your own school.

Further info

For more information about any of the workshops, outreach sessions or loan boxes, or to make a booking please contact our Schools Officer, Rachel Nielsen at or 01223 355159

You can also download a PDF with more details on the workshops.

Summer at the Museums

The Victorian Sweetshop Trail

Hunt for objects and pictures in the museum and learn about the history of sugar, sweets and dentistry! While you are here, why not try out our different sweet challenges or play in our vintage sweetshop.

Available from July 25th – September 3rd. This special trail will be available during normal museum opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 – 4:30 and Sunday 12 noon – 3.30pm.

Drop-in activity for all ages but particularly suitable for families.

Trail included in normal admission price: £4 per adult, £2 concessions, Children under 12 free

For more information contact or 01223 355159 or visit