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Museums in Essex.

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Braintree District Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

Manor Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3HW, Tel: 01376 325266, Email, www.braintreemuseum.co.uk/

This award winning museum is based in the converted Courtauld School and has displays from Crittall steel windows to Warners royal silks, Castle Hedingham pottery to Edward Bawden prints.

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  • Rail station: Braintree (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Central Museum

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ES, Tel: 01702 434449, Email, www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Central Museum houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology. Displays reflect the story of Southend's growth as a major seaside destination and its rich natural history and fishing heritage.

 
 
 
Chelmsford Museums
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ, Tel: 01245 605700, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums

Local, industrial and social history from prehistory to present day; fine and decorative arts (ceramics, glass); coins; natural history (geology, animals, live beehive). Exhibitions and events. Set in park with children's play area.

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  • Rail station: Chelmsford (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Chelmsford Museums
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Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ, Tel: 01245 605700, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museum

Commemorating WW1 with artefact from the Essex Regiment and Yeomanry Collections showing how 1915 brought the war home to Essex folk, with heavy losses at Gallipoli, Ypres and Loos. Touring exhinition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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  • Rail station: Chelmsford (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Coggeshall Museum

Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO61UH, Tel: 01376 563003, Email, www.coggeshallmuseum.org.uk

Exhibitions and photographs of Coggeshall's industrial, agricultural and social history. Coggeshall lace, working loom, archaeology, Coggeshall bricks, video footage and computerised postcard show. Town tours by prior arrangement.

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  • Rail station: Marks Tey (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Colchester Castle Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ, Tel: 01206 282939, Email, www.cimuseums.org.uk

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Combined Military Services Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

Station Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4LQ, Tel: 01621 841826, Email, www.cmsm.co.uk

An award winning collection of British military artefacts from the English Civil War to today. Collections focus on the Special Forces, espionage, uniforms, medals, swords, tanks and the Donnington Firearms Collection of over 700 guns.

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  • Rail station: Witham (8 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Earls Colne Heritage Museum

1 Reuben Walk, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2SZ, Tel: 01787 223032, Email, www.echm.org.uk

Heritage museum detailing the history of Earls Colne since Neolithic times. Temporary exhibitions are regularly mounted relating to a particular aspect of the village & its inhabitants. Complementary slide shows run during open hours.

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  • Rail station: Chapel & Wakes Colne (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Epping Forest District Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL, Tel: 01992 564984, Email, www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Epping Forest District Museum features seven galleries revealing the fascinating story of the museum's collections.

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  • Rail station: Waltham Cross (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Essex Fire Museum
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS, Tel: 01375 379167, Email, www.essex-fire.gov.uk

A history of the Essex Fire Service with items from the 18th century to today including appliances, uniforms, photos and WW2 memorabilia.

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  • Rail station: Grays (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Essex Police Museum

Essex Police Headquarters, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DA, Tel: 01245 457150, Email, www.essex.police.uk/museum

The Essex Police Museum covers the history of policing in Essex from its Victorian origins to modern day, with displays, a handling collection and children's activities.

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  • Rail station: Chelmsford (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Finchingfield Guildhall

Church Hill, Finchingfield, Essex, CM7 4NN, Tel: 01371 811333, Email, www.finchingfieldguildhall.org.uk

Set in picturesque Finchingfield, the 15th century Guildhall is an historic venue with its own interactive museum and shop.

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  • Rail station: Braintree (9 miles)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Foulness Heritage Centre

Church End, Foulness Island, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9XQ, Tel: 01702 217836

Museum and archive collection displaying 1000 years of Foulness History. Opportunity for guided tours.

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  • Rail station: Shoeburyness (8 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Dunmow Road, Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7 4SF, Tel: 01371 810919, Email

Great Bardfield Cottage Museum is a small Museum, recently refurbished, set in a sixteenth century former alms-house. It traces the history of this rural parish through story-boards and displays of artefacts, paper records and photographs.

 
 
 
Great Dunmow Maltings

Mill Lane, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1BG, Tel: 01371 878979, Email, www.greatdunmowmaltings.co.uk

A unique surviving C16th Grade 2* listed timber framed building, fully restored retaining the original floor maltings infrastructure used between c1565 & 1948. Incorporates the Town Museum & modern conference facilities for 70 people.

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  • Rail station: Stansted Airport (8 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Ha'penny Pier Visitor Centre

The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH, Tel: 01255 502872, Email, www.harwich-society.co.uk

Information on everything in Harwich and historic exhibition on Harwich and the Mayflower. Free tourist information service and exhibition.


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  • Rail station: Harwich Town (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Harlow Museum

Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF, Tel: 01279 454959, Email, www.science-alive.co.uk

Harlow Museum is an oasis of tranquility, a centre for researchers, a family day out in the walled gardens and much more besides.

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  • Rail station: Harlow Town (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Harwich Lifeboat Museum

Timberfields, Off Wellington Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3EJ, Tel: 01255 502872, Email, www.harwich-society.co.uk

Museum contains the last Clacton off-shore. Oakley Class Lifeboat 34ft and a history of the lifeboat service in Harwich.

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  • Rail station: Harwich Town (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome