Museum of Cambridge

About Us

Visit us and explore over 300 years of Cambridgeshire history and heritage. Our Museum has something for everyone, and our collections include objects related to the everyday life, customs, and traditions of the local people of the area.

We love the way that objects can help us to reflect on our histories. They bear marks that help us to appreciate their makers, their owners, and their users. The stories that they share can still have meaning today. We want to understand those stories and to continue making connections between the past and the present by collecting peoples’ stories today.

Folklorist Enid Porter was the longest serving Museum curator (1947-1976) and her work characterises our collection. She collected and preserved local heritage for future generations, recording people’s stories and memories.  Porter also shaped modern English folklore studies. We are reviving her ethos and ideas through projects exploring more recent, diverse heritage, reflecting and recording stories of development and change.

Our Building

Known as The Cambridge and County Folk Museum for over 70 years, our building is a Grade II listed 16th century former coaching inn. It’s an increasingly rare and important example of an historic timber-framed building of its type that is still open to the public. Used by the townspeople of Cambridge, it was once a domestic dwelling. Its layout changed over time and so it developed an eccentric character with winding staircases and uneven floors. Our building is sure to make your visit memorable.

We also have a multi-function room available to hire privately for groups, classes or events-  contact us to find out more.

Opening time notes

Please do contact as ahead of time, or check our website- as we rely on volunteers to remain open, we do occasionally close early. We can also open 'out of hours' by special appointment. if cost is a problem, please do get in contact with us - we will do everything we can to support your visit.

Opening times

  • Monday:10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday:Closed
  • Wednesday:Closed
  • Thursday:10am – 5pm
  • Friday:10am – 5pm
  • Saturday:10am – 5pm
  • Sunday:11am – 4pm
All Year
Bank Holidays


All are welcome.


All are welcome.

Facilities and equipment

Venue for hire

Period products


Gender-neutral toilet with some wheelchair-friendly accessibility.


  • Cost: £6 per adult (13+), £4.30 for a student of any age. However, we can negotiate costs if needs be - do email!

Last updated on: 06/06/2022

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Contact details

Alex Smaridge

Engagement Manager

Tel: 01223 355159


Museum of Cambridge, Castle Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0AQ

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Facilities and Accessibility

  • Baby facilities
  • CCTV
  • Garden
  • Disabled toilets
  • Toilet facilities