Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum
High Street






01206 282 940


01206 282 925

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A family playing with the Hollytrees Dolls House which is on display in the museum
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Enjoy 300 years of history through hands-on exhibits and displays. Look out for the dolls' house, it's a model of Hollytrees House. Discover what family life was like for the rich and the poor people.

Hear the stories of those who lived and worked in Hollytrees, a beautiful Georgian town house built in 1718. Meet Isaac Calthrop, a sedan chair carrier, who will fill you in on all the local goings-on. Listen to Charles Gray Round and his family. Imagine what life was like for Mary Last, their servant.

In this vibrant museum, history is delivered with humour and fun in mind, making it an ideal venue for families. One room is dedicated to childhood and is like a large playroom, with snakes and ladders incorporated into the floor, a crawling tunnel, 'time out' area for toddlers, and exciting displays celebrating Colchesters famous nursery rhymes, Old King Cole and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

The museum is free, so make sure you don't miss any of our changing displays. There is a lift giving level access to all display rooms and visitor toilets. The shop is stocked with unique gifts for all tastes and ages.

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Opening hours

Open Tuesday- Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm all year round.
Please check our website for Christmas closing dates.

Admission charges

Admission free.

Collection details

Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Georgian Style

  • 21 June 2014 — 26 January 2015 *on now

This display features items of Georgian costume including a pink silk 'sack back' style dress and a beautifully embroidered example of a man's court suit from the 1760s. There are also examples of fine art showing life in Colchester during the 1700s.

A pastel portrait of Sarah Gray, donated to the Colchester Museum Collection in 2012 is displayed for the first time. Sarah was the niece of Elizabeth Cornelisen who built Hollytrees in 1718. Sarah inherited Hollytrees in 1719 and lived here with her husband Ralph Creffield. He died in 1723 and Sarah married Charles Gray, a famous owner of Hollytrees.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Create your own slogan T-shirts

  • 19 — 20 February 2015 10:30am-4pm

You will be given ideas and have original slogans to develop yourself and put on your shirt using specialist pens.

Sessions: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Booking required 01206 282941

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£4 per person