Museum of Cambridge

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The life and history of the people of Cambridge

The Museum of Cambridge (which used to be Cambridge & County Folk Museum) is the only local and social history museum in Cambridge. It has a large and comprehensive collection which represents the life and history of the people of Cambridge and the surrounding county. More than 60 years of collecting has resulted in a rich and varied range of objects, pictures and documents.

The museum is housed in the former White Horse Inn, a timber-framed building which dates back to the 17th century. It became a museum in 1936, seeking to preserve evidence of ways of life which were fast disappearing, and for the education and enjoyment of others.

The museum re-opened in 2005 after a substantial refurbishment. This created improved accessibility to display areas, better public facilities and a lift to all floors. A new extension was also built which houses a purpose-built education room.

Displays within the museum interpret the building in its role as an inn. Other rooms cover the social history of Cambridge as a town and university; the distinctive way of life in the fens; local arts and crafts; folklore; and childhood.


The Folk Museum is wheelchair accessible with a lift to all floors. We also have:

  • Disabled toilet
  • Shop selling a wide selection of gifts, toys, books and cards
  • Public access computer with internet 
  • A meeting room to hire at reasonable rates

Visitor Information

How to Find Us

We are located only 5 minutes from the City Centre, with bus stops and Park and Ride services within easy reach.

Contact Details

Cambridge & County Folk Museum
2/3 Castle Street

Tel: 01223 355159 Web:

Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm, Sundays 2 - 5pm.
Last admissions 4.30pm.

Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays and pre-booked groups.

Admission Charges

Adults £3.50, Concessions £2.00, Child £1 (one child free with every paying adult). 

Getting Involved

Do you have some spare time and are looking for something different and rewarding to do? Perhaps you have an untapped skill such as historical research, teaching or fund-raising? Are you good with people or can you make a great tasting cup of tea? Becoming a volunteer at the Cambridge & County Folk Museum may be what you are looking for, whatever your age. Why not enquire about the variety of volunteering opportunities on offer.


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This page was added on 05/03/2010.

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