Museum opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

The Broadway, St Ives,

Cambridgeshire, PE27 5BX



Key Stage Two

Sessions are tailored to support learning at key stage two.

Prehistoric People

How did people live in prehistoric times? How did they use the natural materials around them to make tools, clothes and homes? During this session, children will have the opportunity to take part in practical activities from each of the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. They will handle real artefacts and explore changes and similarities in items from each time period.

Half-Day Session

Town Walk: The History of St Ives

Discover some of St Ives’ fascinating history on this town walk.  Did you know that the Great fire of St Ives in 1689 started behind the White Hart pub?  Or that the Bridge Chapel has been a pub, a doctor’s surgery and someone’s home?  This interactive tour brings history to life by visiting some of the key locations in St Ives’ history – including a look inside the Chapel itself.

Half-Day Session

Under the Jurassic Sea

This session introduces and supports children’s knowledge of what fossils are and what they can tell us about the past. Children get to take part in a mini-excavation of real Jurassic fossils, as well as make a clay fossil of their own and an ichthyosaur or plesiosaur puppet to take home with them.

Half-Day session

Victorian St Ives

Take a trip through Victorian St Ives. Who will you meet? Examine real Victorian artefacts and photographs and discover how the lives of Victorian children and families differed to ours today. Did you know that many museums owe their existence to Victorian collectors? The Norris Museum is no different! Children are invited to create their own museum display using the artefacts.

Half-Day session

Evacuated to Huntingdonshire

What was it like to be evacuated during the Second World War? Did the children know where they were going, or who they would meet when they arrived?  Children will be able to use artefacts and news paper articles from the 1940s and 50s to discover what life was like for children during the Second World War.  They will also be given the challenge of making a toy out of every day items that would have been available back then, something evacuees often had to do as toys were left behind and maybe even destroyed in the bombing.

Half-Day Session

Can’t find what you are looking for? 

We are always developing new learning sessions so please get in touch to find out what we are working on. We can also create bespoke sessions based on particular Key Stage 2 topics you would like to cover.

Call the museum on 01480 497314 or email