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Essential information about visiting Ancient House

Children with crafts they have made

An intimate and atmospheric museum telling the story of Thetford and the surrounding Breckland countryside. Displays include flint axes, replicas of the Roman Thetford Treasure as well as objects from the 1960s expansion of Thetford.

The essentials

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge holder
  • Learning programme offer:
  • Tailor-made visits
  • Specialises in Arts Awards
  • Teacher-led visit: half day
  • Maximum group size: two classes for a half day or three classes for a full day visit
  • Cost of teacher-led museum visit: free
  • School day costs start at £6 per pupil

Museum overview

  • Beautiful Tudor merchant house
  • Local history and archaeology collections including pre-history through to 1960s
  • Victorian Kitchen and courtyard garden
  • Short films on famous locals Tom Paine and Maharajah Duleep Singh
  • Exhibitions programme


  • Drop off point for coaches close to the museum

Facilities for schools

  • Indoor lunch space
  • 10 minutes walk to Kings House Gardens (plenty of space to run around)


  • Accessible toilets
  • First floor not wheelchair accessible

Bookings and further information