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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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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)
 
 
 
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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Harwich Maritime Museum

Low Lighthouse, Harbour Crescent, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3NJ, Tel: 01255 502872, Email, www.harwich-society.co.uk

Housed in a disused lighthouse, the museum has specialised displays on the Royal Navy and commercial shipping. History of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy in Harwich.

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  • Rail station: Harwich Town (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Hollytrees Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG, Tel: 01206 282940, www.cimuseums.org.uk

An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

 
 
 
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA, Tel: 01277 364883, Email, www.secretnuclearbunker.com/

Ex-government HQ nuclear bunker buried 80ft underground. Complete with kitchen, dormitories, power and filtration plant, plotting floor, government administration room, 120 yard long entrance tunnel, communication and scientists room.

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  • Rail station: Epping, Central Line (7 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Leigh Heritage Centre

High Street, Old Town, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend, Essex, UK, Tel: 01702 470834, www.leighsociety.com/leighheritagecentre.htm

Museum with photographic display of the history of Leigh-on-Sea, and fully restored fisherman's cottage, circa l850, situated in the waterside High Street of the Old Town.

 
 
Mersea Island Museum
VistEngland VAQAS

Mersea Island Museum, High Street, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8QD, Tel: 01206 385191, Email, www.merseamuseum.org.uk

Exhibits of Mersea's social history, natural history, archaeology and fishing industry, including a fisherman's cottage display. Special exhibitions and gift shop.

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  • Rail station: Colchester (8 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Museum of Power
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA, Tel: 01621 843183, Email, www.museumofpower.org.uk

A former steam pumping station, with power related exhibits, tea room, picnic area and miniature railway. Set in attractive riverside grounds.

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  • Rail station: Hatfield Peverel (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access