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The Stained Glass Museum

The South Triforium | Ely Cathedral, Ely CB7 4DL, England
+44 1353 660347
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Specialises in Victorian glass

I did the "full tour" of Ely Cathedral (£18 and valid 12 months), which included the Cathedral... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Martin_Ridgway
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Greater London, United Kingdom
Did quite a lot to counter my perception that all the best glass is medieval.

Given my preference for old glass I would have liked to see a greater skew towards that but the... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2017
364tilley
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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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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The South Triforium | Ely Cathedral, Ely CB7 4DL, England
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

I did the "full tour" of Ely Cathedral (£18 and valid 12 months), which included the Cathedral itself, Octagon Tour (see separate review), and the Stained Glass museum. There are some examples (mainly fragments) from medieval times but it most pieces are Victorian (and the...More

1  Thank Martin_Ridgway
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Given my preference for old glass I would have liked to see a greater skew towards that but the range of Georgian-Victorian glass was interesting. Those with a taste for the modern are well served.

Thank 364tilley
Reviewed 2 August 2017

I was not expecting to find a stained glass museum however this is certain not unwelcome to see it all close up. I have never been in such a gallery before it included a moderate selection of medieval stain glass then though to 18th century...More

Thank CharlesGraham79
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Although this was a great museum for all things stained glass I found the information panels about each piece, very difficult to see and read. The text was very small indeed, often you have larger header text, followed by a subheading to give you the...More

Thank Sharon E
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Your ticket to the cathedral includes the stain glass museum and if you can climb a considerable amount of stairs is well worth a visit. Lots to see and details of the history of stain glass making and fine examples of medieval as well as...More

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Excellent museum very informative - good selection of display windows and mock ups of stained glass studios

Thank Jane Y
Reviewed 27 June 2017

My wife makes stained glass - sadly she was not with me on this trip, but I took the opportunity to see their excellent collection. Well set out, and explained, it dates from the very early to the contemporary. If you ever wondered how they...More

Thank paulstaylor
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Having walked round the outside of Ely cathedral, the entrance to the museum is off to the right as you walk into the cathedral. Up some tight windy stairs so might be difficult for some to access. However once you do get to the top...More

Thank Amanda E
Reviewed 17 June 2017

This is upstairs in the Cathedral, mildly interesting , It gave one the opportunity to see the stained glass from a close perspective

Thank NigelBacon
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent museum with lots of information about the production and history of stained glass. Fantastic range of exhibits from many different places. Well worth a visit and an excellent guide book. Definitely recommended and not to be missed if you visit Ely.

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