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After a complete makeover we have reopened the doors to Chelmsford Museum. You can now see new exhibition spaces, filled with interactive displays, thousands of artefacts, immersive video installations and games galore.

What you can see and do

Take a walk through Chelmsford’s history, from the Ice Age, right through to the present day. There is the chance to see a mammoth, watch a princely Anglo-Saxon burial, and find out what used to be on your street.

Look out for our amber child friendly interactives, which give you the change to really feel the past.


Our new museum guide is available to collect at the museum, or download the guide here. It gives you a top ten tour, including must-see objects and a handy map of our new displays.

Displays include:

Highly Recommended: IWM Duxford
Imperial War Museum Duxford is a branch of the Imperial War Museum near Duxford in Cambridgeshire, England. Britain’s largest aviation museum, Duxford houses the museum’s large exhibits, including nearly 200 aircraft, military vehicles, artillery and minor naval vessels in seven main exhibition buildings.

Highly Recommended: Colchester Castle Museum

A visit to Colchester Castle is better than ever before with interactive displays and star exhibits, like the Colchester Vase and Fenwick Treasure. Visit the museum to have a go at building a Norman archway, excavating a Roman doctor’s grave or steering a chariot. Be wowed as a large scale ‘son et lumière’ projection transforms the east wall with light and sound. Expert-led tours down into the Roman vaults and up onto the panoramic Castle roof can also be booked.

Highly Recommended: Essex Police Museum
The museum tells the story of the history of the police in Essex from the Victorians to modern day. The museum was set up as a charity (charity No.1042055) in 1992 to provide a home for the historical items belonging to Essex Police and now over 25,000 items in the collection consisting of objects, photos and paper documents.

2021 Winner: Chelmsford Museum

2020 Winner: Chelmsford Museum

2019 Winner: Chelmsford Museum

2018 Winner: Colchester Castle Museum

2017 Winner: Colchester Castle Museum

2016 Winner: Essex Police Museum
2015 Winner: Chelmsford Museum
2014 Winner: Essex Police Museum

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