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Saffron Walden Museum

Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL, England
+44 1799 510333
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Part of Cambridge Summer at the Museums

Good, small museum, good trail for children, surprised to see USA spellings, 'gray' wolf and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Mind blowing

This purpose built museum has some amazing local history materlal which is laid out in such a way... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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Discover a world of hidden treasures in one of the country’s oldest purpose-built museums. This award-winning museum explores the archaeology, natural history and social history of north-west Essex and the wider world. Our collections include: Ancient Egypt, Archaeology, Ceramics and Glass, Costume and Textiles, Geology, Furniture and Woodwork, Local and Social History, Natural History and World Cultures. From stone axes to Samurai armour, Saxon riches to shields, spears and swords. You will also find toys, decorative arts, world cultures and even an Ancient Egyptian Mummy. At our family-friendly museum children can excavate in the archaeological sandpit, meet Wallace the Lion or explore the natural history discovery centre. With a rolling programme of special exhibitions, activities and events throughout the year, there’s always something new to see and do! Pic nic in our grounds next to the ruins of the 12th century Walden Castle or, walk to the centre of the medieval market town where you can shop, eat, relax and explore. There is a small car park and access for disabled visitors.
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Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL, England
+44 1799 510333
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good, small museum, good trail for children, surprised to see USA spellings, 'gray' wolf and 'meters' but still good. James 'the Stone Age man' was very good and informative while knapping flints. Worth a visit anytime. It is possible to park but limited.

Thank nicholaswalks
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This purpose built museum has some amazing local history materlal which is laid out in such a way to hold your attention. My wife was intrigued with the fashion accessories display

Thank darnoc2511
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

I used to go a few times but I last went with my Saturday club which is a disability club that there's quite historical and interesting things to see. Even though it's not really big you may discover stuff and the objects there are really...More

Thank Tommiddle
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a little gem set in lovely surroundings next to the ancient castle. There is plenty to see for a smaller museum and after the museum you can look at the castle, both are well worth a visit.

1  Thank Ifor G
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

This small town has quite a museum. All kinds of artifacts, informative signs, and pleasant staff. I left knowing much more about Saffron Walden. Well done!

1  Thank Wanderlist777
Reviewed 24 May 2017

A small group of WI friends visited the Museum to see a special exhibition '300 years of fashion accessories', lasting until the end of July. We had an interesting introductory talk by the Collections Officer & coffee was served for a small charge. The fashion...More

1  Thank RoseberyG
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Has its own small (free) car park which is also handy for the Castle ruins adjoining. The building looks quite small from the outside, but contains a pretty impressive array of local and global items, all carrying good descriptions. Can easily while away 90 minutes...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2017

Eighteen ladies from our WI had a most enjoyable group visit to the Museum. The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. For a small fee refreshments were ready for us on arrival, all beautifully served in one of the galleries. The Curator gave us a...More

Thank betty123kelv
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Whilst it's not the biggest museum, they've managed to fit a lot in without it being cramped, and there really is a great deal of different things from all different eras to look at, and all of them I found to be very interesting. The...More

Thank Calum O
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We found this Museum close to the beautiful Church. It is very interesting and has many different collections including local, natural history and ancient cultures. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Thank P'line
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9 July 2017|
Response from SaffronWaldenMuseum | Property representative |
Dear John, Thank you for your question. We are delighted to say that, yes we do still have the Dutch Cheese Press, it is on display in our local history gallery. It was bought by the museum in 1885 from a sale of old oak... More
Richard B
31 August 2016|
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Response from SaffronWaldenMuseum | Property representative |
Dear Richard, To add to the answer that Amy G has already kindly provided. All dogs are allowed in the grounds and we have a water bowl at the front door for them. Service dogs are welcome, but please do not bring pets... More
15 April 2016|
Response from SaffronWaldenMuseum | Property representative |
March - October Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 to 5pm November - February Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 to 4.30pm