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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.

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 Top Bay, which features displays on Cambridge’s forgotten industries, such as ironworking and brewing, and push-button operated machinery

  • 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

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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 rings to lock your bike to behind the ticket office.


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


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 some free parking on Cheddars Lane and Stanley Road. 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.


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.

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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. The cafe is open 4pm to late Wednesday and Thursday, and 10am to late Friday to Sunday. It serves hot and cold drinks and food, and has its own toilets. Othersyde only accepts card payment.


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.


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 uneven ground, but we have installed threshold ramps at small steps and most areas of the Pumping Station are accessible to most wheelchair users. 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.


Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in our Museum and cafe. There are water bowls outside the ticket office and the Pye Building. 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.


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 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

£4 per child

Accompanying adults are free


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


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


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