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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
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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.

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LEICESTER
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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 

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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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Chester,WV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

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

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Bradford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 

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Colchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Take you time here and don't rush. There is a fascinating history of stained glass and the most beautiful examples which deserve to be looked at carefully

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Interesting to see the variety of stained glass art especially the "modern" pieces. The beautiful panels are displayed very well.

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Chester-le-Street, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is a stunning museum, small but perfectly formed in every way. I might be a tad biased as I am a stained glass artist but there is something here for all. If you like stained glass it is for you. If you want to learn about stained glass it is for you. If you want to get in out... More 

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