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Braintree District Museum, Braintree

(4.6/5 based on 25 reviews on the web)
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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  • Stumbled on this place by pure accident.... your shop and museum is lovely but you don't look open.... I've lived here for years and have never seen this place, I only saw it whilst waiting to cross t...  more »
  • We got here is considerably more fun than expected. Museum of history and culture organizes temporary thematic exhibitions on the development of the area. Permanent expositions we really liked "the history of the first and second world wars.
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  • How many lacklustre, dull and dusty small local museums have you visited? Go to this one and have a different experience. There's always something interesting happening and the regular local history d...  more »