WINNER: CHELMSFORD MUSEUM
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.
- The Story of Chelmsford; Prehistoric, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Tudors and Georgians, Victorians, 20th Century, 2012 and Our Chelmsford
- Chelmsford’s Potters
- Bright Sparks Gallery
- Clothing and Fashion
- Toys and Childhood
- Natural World
Highly Recommended: Audley End House and Gardens
Explore this decadent Jacobean mansion house and meet the staff in the Victorian Service Wing. Enjoy stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside and wander the tranquil gardens created by ‘Capability’ Brown, gold winner of Anglia in Bloom Awards 2017. Then gallop across to see the horses in the Victorian stable yard, and run, jump and climb in the children’s play area.
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.
2018 Winner: Colchester Castle Museum
2017 Winner: Colchester Castle Museum
2016 Winner: Essex Police Museum
2015 Winner: Chelmsford Museum
2014 Winner: Essex Police Museum