Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

21-23 White Hart Street, Thetford, IP24 1AA
+44 (0)1842 752599
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Iconic merchant house packed with fascinating stories, beautifully told

Set in a handsome Tudor house with 21st century displays, this museum tells the remarkable story of Thetford and the Brecks. Discover rich collections alongside audio guides, films and animations. Meet local people from Thetford’s past, from the revolutionary philosopher Thomas Paine to the Sikh hero Maharajah Duleep Singh and from rabbit warreners to railway workers. Children get to dress up in Tudor and Victorian clothing and there’s a charming Tudor knot garden to bask in on sunny days.

The museum also offers family events, Access to reserve collections can be arranged (Recommended notice, one week), an exhibitions programme, a regular ‘Knit and Knatter’ group, adult art and craft days, living history days. Recommended length of visit: 1 to 2 hours

Special events

No Events listed at present

Other good things to do near by

The Charles Burrell Museum is two minutes away and the Dad’s Army Museum is also nearby. Having your photo taken beside Captain Mainwaring is a must for all ages! (Look out for him on the river bank near the bus station). Thetford is a picturesque and historic town with many fascinating features to explore including an impressive Norman castle with Iron Age defences, the extensive remains of a 12th century priory and the enchanting Forgotten Garden on Ford Street.

Pick up an itinerary for one of the town’s excellent heritage trails from the Tourist Information Centre in the Leaping Hare on King Street. Tall Orders on King Street has some great lunch options. Perfect picnic spots can be found beside the Nun’s Bridges on the riverside walk, in Kings House Gardens on King Street and in Thetford’s Forgotten Garden.

Travel and parking

40 minutes drive from Norwich and Cambridge. Free car park opposite. 7 minutes walk from the railway station and five minutes from the bus station. Public transport: Mainline trains from Norwich and London. Click here for public transport options to Thetford.


April to September Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm
October to March 10am – 4pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays, bank holidays and Christmas Eve


Facilities and access

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Other access information: The ground floor, shop, garden and toilet are accessible to wheelchair users. Telephone for further details.