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Jaywick Martello Tower, Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick, Essex, CO15 2LF

tel: 01255 822783

‘If the Invader Comes’ is a film installation by photographer Dan Dubowitz and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir that responds to the Martello Towers of England’s East Coast.

 

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Manor Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3HW

tel: 01376 325266

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.

 

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ES

tel: 01702 434449

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.

 

Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 6NB

tel: 01702 342878

Well preserved 12th Century Priory housing a museum of the Priory's history.

 

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Museum Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JL

tel: 01799 510333

Friendly, family-size museum. Exhibits include moccasins, mummy cases, woolly mammoths and Wallace the Lion! Meadow for picnics with castle ruins. Winner Best Museum of social history. Accessible for disabled visitors.

 

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Southchurch Hall Close, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2TE

tel: 01702 467671

13th-14th century timber-framed moated manor house with Tudor additions. Period room settings from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Exhibition of history of house and manor.

 

Southend Pier (shore end), Western Esplanade, Southend, Essex, SS1 2EL

tel: 01702 614553/611214

Brings to life the fascinating past of the longest pleasure pier in the world. Artefacts, pictorial displays of pier's entertainment, disasters, staff, boats, illuminations and railway. Suitable for all ages. Prior bookings required.

 

Central Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 6EW

tel: 01702 434449

Displays of archaeology, wildlife and local history. The only planetarium in Essex, provides a striking illusion of the night sky. Exciting new hands-on Discovery Centre.

 

Town Street, Thaxted, Essex, CM6 2LA

tel: 01371 831281

14th century timber framed town hall and trading post built by the cutlery industry. Small art display by Thaxted artists.

 

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Tiptree Tea Room,Shop & Museum, Wilkin & Sons Ltd, Factory Hill, Tiptree, Colchester, Essex, CO5 0RF

tel: 01621 814524

Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.

 

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47 Mill Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HX

tel: 07973 559981  

Social history museum of Maldon and District situated on the edge of the award winning Promenade Park.

 

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Station Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4LQ

tel: 01621 841826

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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39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL

tel: 01992 564551

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

 

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Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

tel: 01277 364883

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.

 

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8SP

tel: 01279 813567

Mountfitchet Castle Experience is a multi attraction incorporating Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066, House on the Hill Toy Museum and Dinosaur Encounters.

 

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Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA

tel: 01621 843183

Housed in a former water pumping station, the museum has a fascinating collection of power related exhibits, a tea room and picnic area, a miniature railway all set in attractive riverside grounds.

 

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Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY

tel: 01992 707370

Discover a top secret world of excitement, experiments and explosions at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey. A fascinating, hands-on guide to gunpowder, big bangs, weapons and warfare, too.

 

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Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS

tel: 01376 576847

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