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Museum, £3.10-£3.70



White Hart Street,
IP24 1AA

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life


Set in a beautiful 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. This magnificent timber framed Tudor merchant's house was built about 1490, with an extension added about 1590. The house is jettied and timber-framed, using oak, with wattle and daub in-fill with a fine carved ceiling and fireplace timbers. Here you can discover Thetford's connection with an Indian Prince, the Maharajah Duleep Singh. The museum, founded by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, the Maharajah's second son, displays a range of original family photographs and items from the family's collections.

Or you might marvel at the wealth of the Thetford Treasure, a hoard of late Roman jewellery and spoons and one of the area's most dramatic finds of recent years. The Ancient House Museum displays a selection of replicas of the Treasure made by Peter Shorer, copied from the originals at the British Museum. And there are displays about Thetford's most famous son, Thomas Paine, the remarkable political writer and radical thinker of the eighteenth century, who played an important role in the American War of Independence.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled accessDisabled toiletsGift shopAccepts groups

Disabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening details

1 April - 30 September 2011, Tues - Sat: 10am - 5pm
1 October 2010 - 31 March 2011, Tues - Sat: 10am - 4pm


Adult £3.70, Concs £3.10, Family Adult £3.00, Young Person (4 - 16) £2.00, Museums Pass holders free of charge.



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Map reference: TL 869832  Lat: 52.41484 Long: 0.74673

By Road:
The Ancient House is in Thetford's historic town centre. We are a five minute walk from the railway station and two minutes from the main shopping street with cafes and sandwich shops.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
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