Known as the Jewel of the Fens, Wisbech and Fenland Museum offers an inspiring visit - its interior Victorian Museum and library has survived intact since originally opening in 1847 as a purpose-built site for Wisbech Literary Society and Museum Society collections of ethnography, natural history, geology, archaeology, decorative arts and paintings. You can see:
Original artefacts, letters and documents belonging to Thomas Clarkson, English abolitionist, and a leading campaigner against the slave trade. born in Wisbech. We tell the story of his life, work and achievements.
The Townshend Collection of decorative art, archives, rare books and paintings bequeathed to the Museum by Reverend Chauncey Hare Townshend.
A remarkable Ancient Egyptian collection which illustrates the beliefs and culture of this fascinating civilisation and the work of Victorian collectors who were intrigued by archaeology.
The permanent display combine with a modern gallery and workshop space where a programme of events are staged all year round.
The programme ranges from showcasing contemporary artistic talent, highlighting themed selections of the Museum’s collections and creative activities for our local community.
We have level access to our entrance which incorporates an internal lift which gives access to most of our galleries.
We have toilets available including a baby changing and disabled access toilet.
We have a new level entrance with access to our reception area and lift.
The Museum has a gift shop with a range of items inspired by the Museum’s collections on display.
We have fossils, minerals, postcards, books, maps, cards and gifts. There is also a selection of pocket money souvenirs to choose from.
Group visits are more than welcome to the Museum. Self-led formal education groups of 15 or less are eligible to visit free of charge during normal opening hours. Larger groups, and groups that do not fall into this category are required to book in advance; please contact us for more information.
We look forward to welcoming your group to the Museum. Donations are always welcome to support the Wisbech & Fenland Museums’ work, building and collections. Prefer to pick up the phone? Call us on 01945 583817
Group meet and greet - £3.00 per person plus admission charge
We meet and welcome your group to the Museum and provide a 15-minute introductory talk by one of our experienced volunteers covering the story of the Museum, an overview of its collections and work.
Guided group tour - £5.00 per person plus admission charge
Your group will be welcomed by our knowledgeable staff and given a guided tour of the galleries and temporary exhibitions. A visit to the library to see the original manuscript of Great Expectations is included - please mention if you would like this to be part of your visit when you arrange your booking. Groups can expect to spend 1.5 hours during their visit.
Visiting with your family
The museum is a great place to visit with your family.
Buggies are allowed throughout the museum; our new entrance has flat level access and a lift to the main gallery.
The museum does not have a café, however we can recommend places to eat nearby.
There are booster steps in the toilets and baby-changing facilities available. We do not have a dedicated space for breastfeeding at the moment; if you would like to access a quiet space, please ask and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
We offer a programme of family events, many of which are free. Find out more on our What’s On page.
Explore the market town of Wisbech
The market town of Wisbech has finely preserved Georgian streets along its North and South Brinks area and Crescent.
The architecture has featured in many films, setting the scene for period dramas such as David Copperfield and Micawber. Wisbech offers groups a unique day out to see St. Peters Gardens, Museum Square, The Crescent, Market Square, Wisbech Port and Brink.
Opposite the Birthplace House across the river on the North Brink. A splendid Georgian house with a magnificent Victorian garden, it is owned by the National Trust.
Elgood’s Brewery & Garden
The North Brink Brewery was built in 1795 and the brewhouse is a classicEnglish Ale brewery and Elgood's proudly carry on the brewing of their own beers for local and wider distribution accross the UK.