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Annual Pass £5.00
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:
Print of Thomas Clarkson

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.

Townshend Room

The Townshend Collection of decorative art, archives, rare books and paintings bequeathed to the Museum by Reverend Chauncey Hare Townshend.

Section of a Mummy Sarcophagus

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.

New entrance to the Museum

Opening hours

Wed - Sat
10am - 4pm
(Last Admissions 3.45pm)
Closed Good Friday

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Admission Annual Pass £5.00

Some exhibitions and events may carry a separate charge.

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Getting here

Wisbech & Fenland Museum is in north Cambridgeshire, 40 miles north of Cambridge and under 20 miles from Kings Lynn and Peterborough.

Address: Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambs, PE13 1ES

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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.

Level entrance

We have a new level entrance with access to our reception area and lift.
Townshend Room Cases
Tumbles Gemstones Geodes Replica Wood Carvings

Gift Shop

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

To book, please click here.

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.

visitors to the museum

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.

Children's clay workshop

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 Place, Wisbech Port and the Brinks.

Wisbech Town

Peckover House

Peckover House

A splendid Georgian house on the North Brink with a magnificent Victorian garden, it is owned by the National Trust.  Formerly known as Bank House, the property was the home of the Peckover family who were wealthy Quaker bankers.

View of the front Elgoods Brewery

Elgood’s Brewery & Garden

The North Brink Brewery was built in 1795 and the brewhouse is a classic English Ale brewery and Elgoods proudly carry on the brewing of their own beers for local and wider distribution accross the UK.
Tel:01945 583160

Octavia Hill Bithplace House

Octavia Hill Bithplace House

Find out the story about the founder of the National Trust and her life as a social reformer
Tel:01945 476358

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