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