Museum of Cambridge

Museum of Cambridge

At a glance


  • Museums / heritage

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Geographical remit: 


We exist as a place where people discover and celebrate the diverse stories of Cambridge, its surrounding area and its people. As we continue to preserve and interpret a dynamic collection, we unlock the past for present and future generations. Connecting communities, we provide a sense of place, identity and heritage.

Our strategic aims are that, through innovative and creative practice, we will:

  • Create a resilient and sustainable organisation
  • Connect with and strengthen the bonds between diverse communities in Cambridge and its surrounding area
  • Contribute to local knowledge, understanding and skills using the collection and other museum resources.


The Museum of Cambridge (formerly the Cambridge and County Folk Museum) is a fully accredited independent museum. Located in a Grade II listed building, a former coaching inn on Castle Hill, the Museum:

  • is normally open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday;
  • aims to preserve and interpret the continuing social history of the Cambridge area;
  • holds over 20,000 donated objects, paintings, diaries, photographs, documents, kitchen implements, tools, toys, and a significant regional folklore collection – all used and/or made locally;
  • offers temporary special exhibitions; workshops and lectures; schools sessions; children’s holiday activities; advice to the public on their own artefacts; a shop and weekend tea room;
  • is supported by a well-established Friends group and a team of volunteers who staff the reception desk, shop and tea room.

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