Chelmsford Museums

Chelmsford Museums
Oaklands Park
Moulsham Street




01245 605700

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Chelmsford Museum first opened in 1835 in the governor's parlour in Chelmsford Gaol, it has had a long and interesting history. The museum was taken over by Chelmsford Borough Council in 1906 and in 1930 it moved to a Victorian house, Oaklands, which is still its home. Oaklands House was part of the Oaklands Estate - this is now a park with children's play area. In 1973 the Essex Regiment Museum also took up residence at Oaklands.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Mon-Thurs 1000-1700
Fri 1000-1700 Half terms and school holidays only (Closed on all other Fridays)
Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1300-1600

Closed: 25 and 26 December
Good Friday

Admission charges

Free access to the Museum
Small charge for special events

Additional info

Please contact the museum for the latest access information.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

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.
Photograph of parcels containing the effects of German soldiers killed in action.

Wednesday Wonders - The Great War

  • 20 August 2014 10:30am-3:30pm *on now

History based workshop with artefacts, stories and crafts. Suitable for families with children aged four and over. This workshop will run at: 10:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£5.00 for one adult and child. Second child - £3.00. To book, please call 01245 605700.


Archeology dirt screening

So You Dig Time Team?

  • 23 August 2014 10am-4pm

A day of drop-in archaeological activities for all the family.

No need to book.

A Chance to find out more about the Roman town of Caesaromagus at Moulsham by sorting and identifying a tray of finds from a dig.

Bring in your own mystery objects for identification!

Children can make and keep a Roman mosaic, clay oil lamp and try on Roman armour.

Members of ‘Heritage Writtle’ will be on hand to help you have a go at dowsing and metal detecting.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£1.00 for some activities, museum entry free of charge.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
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Friday Fives

Sessions for under fives based on nursery rhymes with links to objects in the museum, including a story and a craft activity. Last Friday of the month at 10.30-11.30 or 1.30-2.30.

How to obtain

Places are limited so advance booking and advance payment are essential. Sessions are £2 per child per session.