The Stained
Glass Museum

Visiting Us

The Stained Glass Museum is currently closed to the public. As an independent museum and charity with no regular major sources of grant funding, the present situation is very challenging for us financially. We rely on the income we make from admissions, events, workshops, and shop sales to care for our collection and pay our staff. While we are closed, there are several ways you can support us from a distance.

Find out how you can support us


Make a Donation

The Stained Glass Museum is an independent museum and registered charity (no. 11 69842) that exists to collect, exhibit, and interpret stained glass for the enjoyment of all. Please consider supporting us by making a donation.

Please Gift Aid your donation

If you are a UK taxpayer the Museum can claim Gift aid on your donation which means that the museum receives an extra 25%. Please complete and sign a Gift Aid declaration form and return to us.

Location and Accessibility

The Stained Glass Museum is located in Ely Cathedral. It occupies a space in the south triforium, an upper level of the cathedral. Access is by a stone spiral staircase (40 stairs) in the south-west transept. For those unable to access the museum a touch screen virtual visit is available on the ground floor. View a map of Ely.

By Train:
Ely is 1 hour 15 minutes by rail from London, and 15-20 minutes from Cambridge. The Stained Glass Museum is a 15 minute walk from Ely rail station. There is a taxi rank outside the station.

By Car:
Ely is situated on the A10 north of Cambridge. There is a large free car park within 300 yards of the Cathedral. Parking in Ely.

Get directions to The Stained Glass Museum in Ely Cathedral.

Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday    10:30-5:00      (Last Admission 4:30)

Sunday                      12:30-4:30      (Last Admission 4:00)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The safety of our visitors and staff is priority. We are now closed to the public. Read our full statement.

Annual Closures: Good Friday, 25 December, 26 December

Temporary Closures: Please note that the Museum is located in a working Cathedral building, and occasionally has to close for special events and services. Please check here for temporary closures, or phone in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment.

Stained Glass Museum shopAdmission prices

Adults                     £4.50

Children under 16    Free (when accompanied by a paying adult)

Joint Admission with Ely Cathedral

Joint tickets for admission into both the Cathedral and Stained Glass Museum are available to purchase from the ground floor Cathedral admission desks. For current prices see the Ely Cathedral website.

Make the most of your visit!

Spotlight Tours - (Back in 2020!) Come on a spotlight tour with one of our team, who will introduce some of the key exhibits in our main gallery. Lasting 15-20 mins these tours take place at 12nooon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 20 April 2020 and 31 October 2020. Free with paying admission (individuals only; no groups)

Group Visits: If you are planning to visit as part of a group please contact us. We offer various guided tours for groups. Discounted entry is available for groups of 10+ . Guided tours are also available for pre-booked groups. Group Visits Information

School Visits: We welcome visits from schools, colleges and other educational groups. Please contact our Learning Officers or telephone 01353 660347


Other Visitor Information

Toilets: Please note there are no toilets in the Stained Glass Museum, but toilet facilties are available on the ground floor of Ely Cathedral.

Bags: The museum does not permit large bags in the museum gallery, in order to protect its collections

Photography: Photography is permitted in the main gallery for personal use only, providing that you adhere to the stipulations outlined in our Photography Policy.

Researchers: The Museum's reference library and reserve collection can be visited via prior appointment. Please contact the Curator.



Last edited: Thursday, 19 March, 2020 11:14

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