DSCF5392.JPG
Cambridge Museum of Technology - Copy.jpg
DSCF5389.JPG
DSCF5462.JPG
_r2a9338_30877582856_o.jpg
DSCF5392.JPG

Visiting


SCROLL DOWN

Visiting


Cambridge Museum of Technology has reopened to the public after its major redevelopment!

The redevelopment, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, has included repairing the historic boiler system to run the steam engines again, creating new displays on local industries and technology, and improving visitor facilities and disabled access.

Pilot reopening* from 7th June 2019

Grand reopening on 2nd October 2019

*Pilot opening – Phase 1 of the development is around 90% complete with all significant exhibits open to the public. The boiler is not yet operational and no steam days will occur prior to the grand opening. Landscaping is still under development.

As a thank you for your patience and understanding while we complete the final 10% and deal with any teething problems, we are offering visitors a free return. All visitors before 30th September 2019 will get a ticket allowing them to return again once for free in the following 12 months.

What there is to see

  • The Electric Room and Introduction to the Museum, which features introductory text panels, an interactive model of the Pumping Station, and an electric motor that was part of the Pumping Station’s operations

  • The Steam Engine Room with its magnificent Hathorn Davey steam engines

  • The Gas Engine Room

  • A dressing up area for children (or adults who are young at heart)

  • The Valve Yard, which features historic pumps and a picnic area with lovely views of the River Cam

  • The Boiler House with two original boilers and the recently-restored No. 4 Boiler, which was added in 1923

  • The Ash Tunnel, where the leftovers from burning Cambridge's rubbish were scraped out and taken away

  • The Pye Building, which houses new exhibitions on local companies Pye and Cambridge Instrument Company

  • The Print Room is open for printing demonstrations and activities on Sunday afternoons, 2-5pm

Cambridge Museum of Technology - Copy.jpg

Where to find us


Where to find us


 

The Museum’s entrance is on Riverside

by bicycle

The Museum is on Riverside, part of National Cycle Route 11. It is an easy 10 minute cycle from the city centre.

There are railings to lock your bike to on Riverside and the Museum will be installing bike racks shortly.

BY FOOT

The Museum is a pleasant and peaceful 25 minute walk along the River Cam from the city centre.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The Museum is served by bus # 3, which stops on Newmarket Road, minutes from the Museum. Bus # 2 also stops nearby just across the river. Please see the Stagecoach website for timetables and maps.

The Museum is a 30 minute walk or bus ride (#3) from Cambridge Train Station. It is a 20 minute walk or bus ride (#2) from Cambridge North Train Station.

BY car

There is no visitor parking at the Museum. There is pay-and-display parking on Riverside and limited free parking on Cheddars Lane. The Museum is also on the bus route from the park and ride Newmarket Road site.

If you are combining your visit with shopping, there is three hours free parking for customers at Tesco and four hours free parking for customers at Cambridge Retail Park.

The Museum has two accessible parking spaces for visitors with disabilities, which are available on a first come basis. Please use our staff entrance on Cheddars Lane for accessible parking. If possible, please call 01223 500652 in advance to book a space and so we can ensure the gate is open for you.

 
DSCF5389.JPG

Opening Hours and Prices


Opening Hours and Prices


Opening Hours

Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

ticket Prices

All visitors before 30th September 2019 will get a ticket allowing them to return again once for free in the following 12 months.

Adults - £5.00

Concessions* - £4.00

Children aged 5 to 18 - £3.00

Children under 5 - Free

Families of two adults and up to four children - £13.00

Families of one adult and up to four children - £8.00

Museum members and volunteers - Free

Museum Association members - Free

Groups - please see the group visit section below

* Concessions are seniors (65+), disabled visitors in receipt of PIP, students, and recipients of Universal Credit. Accompanying carers for disabled visitors are free.

Visa logo.png
 
mc_symbol_opt_73_2x.png
 
DSCF5462.JPG

Access and facilities


Access and facilities


The entrance to the Museum is on Riverside.

The Museum based on a historic site. In places, there are cobbles and uneven floors, so we recommend that you wear sensible shoes.

Othersyde Cafe in the engineer’s house

Othersyde Cafe and Bar is in the Engineer’s House next door, where the Pumping Station’s engineer used to live. There is direct access from the Museum site via steps or a short track. The cafe is open 10am to late Wednesday to Sunday and has its own toilets. It serves hot and cold drinks and food. Othersyde only accepts card payment.

Shop

The shop is in the Museum’s ticket office. It sells books, souvenirs, and craft items.

Toilets and baby-changing facilities

Gender-neutral, accessible toilets are in the Steam Engine Room and in the Pye Building. There are baby-changing facilities in the Pye Building. The Othersyde Cafe and Bar also has toilets.

Breastfeeding

Unfortunately, we do not have a designated breastfeeding area. There are chairs inside the buildings and benches outside, and you are welcome to breastfeed wherever you feel comfortable. If it is available, you are also welcome to use our meeting room in the Pye Building, which offers more privacy. Please ask a member of staff if it locked.

Wheelchair access

The entrance on Riverside offers step-free access to the ticket office and Pumping Station. Some areas of the historic Pumping Station are narrow or have a step, making them inaccessible to wheelchairs. We are striving to install further ramps where we can. There is a rough track up to the exhibitions on Pye and Cambridge Instrument Company, which can be difficult for some wheelchairs. Alternatively, you can use the public footpath and re-enter the site through the staff entrance.

There are two accessible parking spaces at the entrance of the Pye Building. Please use our staff entrance on Cheddars Lane. If possible, please call 01223 500652 in advance to book a space and so we can ensure the gate is open for you.

We will do a full access audit and provide information on our website as soon as we can, but please contact the Museum on info@museumoftechnology.com or 01223 500652 for more information on access in the meantime.

DOGS

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in our Museum and cafe. We only ask dog owners to be considerate of other visitors who may not love dogs as much as we do.

British Sign Language tours

We offer British Sign Language tours for groups. Please email info@museumoftechnology.com for more information or to book a tour.

_r2a9338_30877582856_o.jpg

Group visits


Group visits


We welcome visits from groups of all sizes, ages, and interests. Groups of 10 or more benefit from a reduced entrance fee. You can explore the Museum yourselves or book a tour with one of our staff. With notice, groups can also visit on Mondays and Tuesdays (when the Museum is normally closed to the public).

Tours

Tours with a member of staff last around one hour, with further time to explore the Museum on your own. If your group has a specific interest, please let us know and we can usually tailor the tour to your interest.

British Sign Language tours

We offer British Sign Language tours for groups. Please email info@museumoftechnology.com for more information or to book a tour.

tour prices

Groups of 10 or more for a self-guided visit - £4.00 per person

Groups of 10 or more with a guided tour - £5.00 per person

Scouts and Girlguides

We run code-breaking evenings for cubs, scouts, brownies, and girlguides. The main activity is a trail around the Museum, where the kids have to work in groups to crack codes and stop a spy sending messages from the Pumping Station. We can also run activities for older or younger groups.

Scouts and Girlguides activity prices

£2 per child

Accompanying adults are free

Coaches

We have parking space for one coach. We also have a coaches drop off and pick up point on our site.

Refreshments

Our partner Othersyde run a cafe and bar in the Engineer’s House next door, which can accommodate groups.

Booking

To book a group visit, please email info@museumoftechnology.com.