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Braintree District Museum, Braintree
(4.5/5 based on 20+ 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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  • 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 »
  • Visited the new exhibition entitled " Postcards, Posters and Porcelain" and found it absolutely fascinating. Anyone interested in the history of Braintree should go and have a look. I learnt so much a...  more »
  • Was surprised that you had to pay but they had some really interesting local information and they really try with different themes. Staff are really kind and nothing was too much trouble