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Vestry House Museum, London

(4.4/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and stands within the village of Church End, Walthamstow. This secluded area still preserves a rural atmosphere, although it lies only a quarter of a mile from Walthamstow's main shopping centre and barely six and a half miles from the City of London.Vestry House, a two-storey building of brown stock brick, was constructed in 1730 as a workhouse by order of the Walthamstow Vestry. It was later a police station and a private house.Vestry House Museum is financed by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and since 1931, when it was opened by Sir Ernest Pollock, Master of the Rolls, it has been the borough's museum and local studies library and archive.The first motor car to be driven in London and the first built in Britain is displayed at the museum. Frederick Bremer built the car in Walthamstow.Visiting informationVestry House Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Pre-booked groups, including school groups, are also welcome on Tuesdays.The Museum holds family activities on the third Sunday of every month and on selected Wednesdays during school holidays. It also has a varied programme of temporary exhibitions.
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TripAdvisor
  • Lots of interesting information on this former 18-19th century workhouse, including the rationale behind it and a number of papers and drawings of the time period. On the first floor, there is an exce...  more »
  • Visited many times in the past. Really great museum showing the history of Walthamstow. A terrific venue for a wedding. To learn the history of the area you should definitely visit. 
  • After having had a very good lunch at the nearby Tapas Bar/Restaurant. A visit to this well laid out Museum with pleasant gardens was next on the menu. Very good history of the area and displays espec...  more »
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  • A little museum about local history. Well put and very intresting. Not to big, not to small, worth the visit to learn more. You will find out who, why and how lived in the building. Take your kids. They will like it, too.☺
  • Lovely museum in a wonderful setting. Only quibble is that they watch you like a hawk in the gift shop. As soon as i've entered the shop on several occasions the staff member working out back has run in and just stood there watching me. This makes browsing really uncomfortable and I feel like they're expecting me to shoplift. Perhaps they could get a camera or something? Otherwise a great little museum.
  • Interesting local museum. Well worth a visit.
  • A gem of a building and garden with indispensable resources for local history.
  • Fantastic little Gem of a museum in Walthamstow. Really give a great perspective on how much the community has changed over the last few centuries. They have some really interesting temporary exhibitions. Worth a visit if you're in the area.