The Stained Glass Museum was founded in 1972 as a repository to rescue stained glass windows under threat from destruction. The Museum first opened to the public in 1979 in the north triforium of Ely Cathedral. After a successful 25th Anniversary Appeal, funds were raised to refit the Museum in the South Triforium and the Museum re-opened in April 2000. Between 2012 and 2013 a major flexible display project was completed in the gallery.
The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum dedicated to stained glass in the UK, and one of a handful of places in the world with such a broad chronological span of stained glass exhibits.
The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least thirteen hundred years. Our permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels representing eight hundred years of the history of this ancient art, from the thirteenth century to the present day. All the stained glass panels in the gallery are displayed at eye-level enabling visitors to have a rare close-encounter with the art of stained glass.Temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year, highlighting panels and designs from the Museum’s reserve collection.
The Stained Glass Museum
The South Triforium