Our team at The Stained Glass Museum have discussed the government’s easing of restrictions, and have decided that from Monday 19 July all our existing safety measures at will remain in place, including the obligatory wearing of facemasks (unless exempt).
General guidance for all visitors
All visitors should stay alert, follow government guidance, wear a face covering during their visit, practice social distancing etiquette, and follow good personal hygiene guidance, such as handwashing.
Visitors should not visit the museum if they have the following symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):
● a new continuous cough
● a high temperature
● a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Signs to this effect will be placed throughout the building.
Our staff will continue to wear face coverings. We kindly request that visitors also wear a face covering throughout the museum. Those exempt from wearing a face covering, in line with NHS guidelines, are still welcome, please show an exemption card or let a member of staff know.
We have introduced a one-way system through the museum, and will ensure one-way traffic up and down the staircase forming the entry and exit point from the museum.
Restricting visitor numbers
We are restricting the number of visitors entering the museum at one time to aid social distancing in the museum. As a rule of thumb we will not host more than 25 visitors in the museum at one time, and may need to control the flow of visitors through the museum entrance/shop area.
We will limit entry to the museum, and adopt a one in, one out policy in certain areas of the museum, whilst avoiding the creation of additional bottlenecks and queuing.
Test and Trace
To assist the NHS Test and Trace programme, which allows the NHS to rapidly detect people who have recently come into contact with a new Covid-19 case, we encourage visitors to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 App, or provide us with:
● the name of the customer or visitor;
● a contact phone number;
● date of visit, arrival time and, where possible, departure time
As per the museum’s Data Management Policy, all collected data will comply with GDPR and should not be kept for longer than necessary. We will retain this data for 21 days, before deleting or disposing of them securely.
For more information see our Visiting FAQ
The Museum is on an upper level of a Grade-I listed medieval Cathedral and entrance is via a spiral staircase of 40 steps. For more information see our access page.
Shop: The Museum has a well-stocked gift shop with exclusive handmade glass gifts and books dedicated to the history of stained glass. Our shop is open to everyone and you do not have to have a ticket to the museum to browse our shop.
Toilets: Please note that there are no toilet facilities within the museum itself. However, visitors can use the toilet facilities available on the ground floor of Ely Cathedral, or the nearby public toilets on Palace Green (all within 5 minutes walking distance).
Cafes: The Museum does not have a cafe although there are many cafes and restaurants in Ely including The Almonry within the grounds of Ely Cathedral, and the Refectory Cafe within the building. There are also a number of cafes in the city centre just a short 5-10 minute walk away.
Entry to The Stained Glass Museum is free for:
● National Art Pass holders
● Museum Association members
● Friends of Ely Cathedral
● Friends of The Stained Glass Museum
● Companions or carers of disabled visitors
Please show your relevant membership card to gain free entry
Dogs: We are a dog-friendly museum. Well-behaved dogs are permitted in the museum, when accompanied by their responsible owners!
In the Gallery
Activities for Children: We have an interactive lightbox in the museum gallery and children's trails are available during school holidays.
Photography: Photography is permitted in the main gallery for personal use only, providing that you adhere to the stipulations outlined in our Photography Policy.
Bags: The museum does not permit large bags in the museum gallery, in order to protect its collections and adheres to Ely Cathedral's policy to restrict entry to those with large bags.
Search the collections
The Museum's reference library and reserve collection can be visited via prior appointment. Please make an appointment with the Curator.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Museum.
Group Visits: If you are planning to visit as part of a group please contact us. Discounted entry is available for groups of 10+. Group Visits Information
School Visits: We welcome visits from schools, colleges and other educational groups. Please contact our Learning Officers email@example.com or telephone 01353 660347
Plan Your Visit
Fri, 17 Sep British Society of Master Glass Painters Centenary Exhibition
A touring exhibition of contemporary stained glass panels to celebrate the Centenary of the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP), founded in 1921.details...
Sat, 25 Sep Screenprinting on Glass Workshop (Climate Change)
New for 2021 - a screenprinting on glass workshop with the artist James Cockerilldetails...
Wed, 29 Sep Kehinde Wiley's Stained Glass Art
Online talk by Stained Glass Museum Curator Jasmine Allendetails...
Fri, 01 Oct Glass Painting Workshop
Create your own stained glass with expert tuition in the historic art of glass paintingdetails...
Wed, 06 Oct Dating Nathan: The Oldest Stained Glass Window in England?
Online talk by Dr Laura Ware Adlingtondetails...
Wed, 06 Oct SG Mini Mornings - Autumn Adventure
Storytelling and Craft Session aimed at Under 5details...
Sat, 09 Oct Patterned Portrait Stunners with Jane Fellows
Explore our collection and learn how to create stunning patterned figures using the gelli plate printing methoddetails...
Wed, 13 Oct Irish Stained Glass: from An Túr Gloine to the present day
Online talk by David Carondetails...
Fri, 22 Oct Ely Window Wanderland 2021
Ely's Window Wanderland is back! Help us create a family-friendly after-dark walking trail of glowing windows this October.details...