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Braintree District Museum, Braintree

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Adult Admission: £3.00

Concessions: £1.50

Children free

At Braintree District Museum the story of the District and its diverse industrial and commercial history unfolds.

The Main Galleries examine the development of the area from prehistory to the twenty-first century, focusing upon the textile and manufacturing industries of Courtaulds, Warners and Crittalls, as well as displays of Castle Hedingham pottery, the work of the Great Bardfield artists and Essex straw and lace.

A vibrant calendar of temporary exhibitions complements the Main Galleries throughout the year.

The Museum is housed in the converted Victorian Manor Street Junior and Infant Schools that were built in 1862 and 1897 respectively. The main building is home to the Museum Reception and Shop; Temporary Exhibition Gallery; Main Galleries; Victorian Schoolroom and John Ray Gallery, and opened in 1993. The second building was converted in 2002 and contains the Cafe and the Learning for Life Centre.

Braintree Museum offers a wide variety of themed activities, exhibitions and school resources throughout the year, and the characterful Museum Shop is a unique retail outlet to the town.
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  • I went because there was a Bardfield Artists exhibition and that was superb. 'Life in an English Village' was evoked brilliantly and caused me some nostalgic pain from 70 years ago. More than that, th...  more »
  • Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Fairly quiet inside for this time of day. Not a huge amount to see but what was there was generally interesting. Some items had a lot of information about them.  more »
  • We visited to see an exhibition of works by the artists of Great Bardfield, Essex. The exhibition covered a wide range of media: paintings, woodblock prints, lithographs, linoprints and book illustrat...  more »
  • Excellent local museum displaying the history of the town and surrounding area. Temporary exhibitions always worth a look
  • Lovely little museum, really nice exhibitions and talks to attend. Wheelchair friendly and a little gem that not enough people know about