We brought a visit to the beautiful Museum of Technology in Cambridge. Remarkable because of its old building and huge chimney that rises high in the air. Standing beside the beautiful river Cam between Stourbridge Common and Midsummer Common, it illustrates the progression of power technology through steam, internal combustion, to electricity.
The exhibits range from powerful 19th-century steam engines to innovative scientific instruments designed and made in Cambridge during the 20th century. The Museum is based in the city’s Victorian sewage pumping station and was founded by a group of local people in the 1960s, who fought to save the building from demolition.
The museum is known for its wide collection that include letterpress-printing equipment ranging from early hand operated presses to power machinery, the pumping station’s original equipment and other engines, plus information and artefacts from local industries.
It’s a popular museum in Cambridge to visit with kids, as there are several things to do for the younger ones. For example they can dress up, try different machines, follow a trail and watch old movies and pictures from back in the days. Something that my daughter found really fascinating.
Nice thing to know, after your visit to the museum you can strike down at the nearby cafe Othersyde. A nice place to relax during the Summer outside in the garden and in the winter warm and cozy in the tipi tent with fire pit. They also have an escape room and organises several events, such as open kitchens, live music and quiz nights. Click here for more information about their opening times and program.
For more information about the museum, scroll down.
Indoor & outdoor
Suitable for ages
Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12), Adults
Souvenir shop – toilets – education room – event space – café
Address & Contact
The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8LD
For more information about the Cambridge Museum of Technology, click here
T: 01223 500652
E: contact form
10am to 5pm (4pm in Nov to Jan)
December to March: Friday to Sunday
April to November: Wednesday to Sunday
The Print Room is only open on Sunday afternoons from 2pm
Last admission is half an hour before closing time
Adults – £5
Concession* – £4
Children aged 5 to 18 – £3
Children under 5 – Free
Families of two adults and up to four children – £13
Families of one adult and up to four children – £8
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.