MUSEUM AFLOAT ! – Cambridge Museum of Technology
Standing high above Cambridge, the chimney being the tallest building structure for miles around is a striking landmark for the city. The chimney shaft is 175ft (53metres) tall, and is 6ft (1.8metres) across at the top. Beside the river, between Stourbridge Common and Midsummer Common on Riverside, the museum shows the progression of power technology through steam, internal combustion, to electricity. The exhibits in the museum include working engines, telephone exchanges, printing presses and many wonderful and interesting contraptions. The museum has undergone a Lottery Grant funded upgrade, now boasting a new visitor education room and is able to exhibit more of its collection of artifacts.
In association with staff from the museum Camboats offer this unique upgrade. These “Museum Afloat” tours can either be run as a private tour for groups, or during the summer public trips are also sometimes available. As you drift along the river, a running commentary by staff from the museum, giving information about the museum itself and key landmarks along the route. Various artifacts from the museums collections are brought aboard for passengers to handle and ask questions.