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The Stained Glass Museum

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Address: The South Triforium | Ely Cathedral, Ely CB7 4DL, England
Phone Number:
+44 1353 660347
10:30 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:30
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The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating...

The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least thirteen hundred years.

Our permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels representing eight hundred years of the history of this ancient art, from the thirteenth century to the present day. All the stained glass panels in the gallery are displayed at eye-level enabling visitors to have a rare close-encounter with the art of stained glass.

Temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year, highlighting panels and designs from the Museum's reserve collection.

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A hidden Gem

Visited to attend a talk being given by the curator of this wonderful museum and found it extremely interesting. The museum is located within Ely Cathedral, and a hidden gem... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited to attend a talk being given by the curator of this wonderful museum and found it extremely interesting. The museum is located within Ely Cathedral, and a hidden gem. Fascinating stained glass from mediaeval through to present day, with curatorial historical and technical information provided throughout adding to the wonder of the place. Would recommend to anyone able to... More 

Thank the_smegheads
Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

although it is on first floor it is well worth a visiti myself am a glass painter and i find it fascinating to go and see how medievil windows were painted and then stained glass was used at a later date

Thank Fred W
St Neots, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

whilst visiting the Ely Cathedral we spent time at the museum. Not the largest collect but comprehensive. Although in evidence I would have liked to have seen more story telling about the processes that go into making a finished piece of stained glass. As it stands right now you are round the displays in a short period of time. More... More 

Thank Martin W
Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

A good historical view of stained glass with some fine examples from another time. Not as large of a display as I imagined but tastefully done. Nice gift shop also.

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Barnet, VT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

What a rare treat to see such an exhibit of stained glass. So much is covered in this one floor display. The scale models are wonderful and theres something for everyone, including children. The fact that it is in the cathedral itself is a bonus. P;an on a good hour to flly appreciate all the styles of works.

Thank QuebecBarnet-VT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This museum is well worth the extra admission cost to the Cathedral. Situated up some 40 steps the layout gives a progressive history of stained glass. I found it fascinating although would have liked to see modern non-ecclesiastical works more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were glad that we included this in our visit to Ely Cathedral. The receptionist was pleasant & helpful & supplied us with audio guides which were free and enabled us to follow the history of stained glass down through the centuries. The initial video was informative & was a good introduction to the visit. The exhibition itself was well... More 

Thank JACKO452
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Well worth a visit especially as it is in the Cathedral and therefore very easy to access. Plenty of information (hand held audio guides) and very colourful. r.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a must see to understand the history and development of stained glass. Easy to view and well documented.

Thank MLVI
Bradford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Wonderful seeing the stained glass 'up close'. So glad we took the offered free audio guide which gave extra information on many of the examples. Learnt a lot about the progression of stained glass from medieval times to the current day. We spent far longer here than we anticipated. However, this is not a good place for someone with vertigo... More 

Thank Hilary S

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