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.
Fri 1000-1700 Half terms and school holidays only (Closed on all other Fridays)
Closed: 25 and 26 December
Free access to the Museum
Small charge for special events
Please contact the museum for the latest access information.
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
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
- 12 December 2015 — 14 February 2016 *on now
Chelmsford Museum is proud to announce that it is hosting the fabulous ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition, from the Natural History Museum - the first museum in the country to show it outside of London.
It is a brilliant opportunity to take in this prestigious and awe-inspiring exhibition here in Chelmsford without the hassle and extra costs of travelling into London.
There are 100 photographs to see, including some time lapse videos, and a chance to vote for the People’s Favourite image.
The exhibition is being brought to Chelmsford by the City Council with the generous support of the Chelmsford Star Co-Op, which has been holding its own photographic competition.
The twelve winning entries feature in the 2016 Co-Op calendar, available at the museum or Co-Ops for £5, and they also feature in the exhibition.
- Family friendly
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.