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Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

In light of COVID-19, please make sure you check with your travel and accommodation providers before travelling.


Set in a beautiful Tudor house with 21st century displays, this museum tells the remarkable story of Thetford and the Brecks. Discover rich permanent collections alongside changing exhibitions, films and interactive activities. 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 a remarkable 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.

Discover the lives of the people who lived not only in Thetford but in the Ancient House itself. New for 2021, marvel at the wealth of the Thetford Treasure! This hoard of late Roman jewellery and spoons is one of the area's most dramatic finds of recent years and is home on loan from the British Museum until January 2022. Find out 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 toiletsGift shopAccepts groups

Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

An autism story about what to expect at the museum is available on the museum’s website.

Opening details

Tuesday to Saturday 10-4pm

For the latest changes to opening hours due to the coronavirus please visit the museum’s website.


Adult £5.10, Concession £4.86, Child (4 - 18) £4.70, Family ticket (1 adult + 1 child) £8.82, Family ticket (1 adult + 2 children) £13.05 Family ticket (2 adults + 2children) £17.64 Twilight ticket (1 hour before closing) £1.50. Friends membership available to save money on repeat visits. Friends of Thetford Museum members, Norfolk Museums Pass holders, Art Fund or Museum Association members, and Children’s University Passport holders all free of charge.

Booking strongly recommended at:

Norfolk Museums Service - Art Tickets


White Hart Street,
IP24 1AA


See location of Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

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 toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

An autism story about what to expect at the museum is available on the museum’s website.