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Saffron Walden Museum

Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL, England
+44 1799 510333
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Surprisingly very interesting

I wasn't expecting much to be honest, so was pleasantly surprised at the size of the museum. It's... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
poppyrose2015
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Hidden Gem

What a great little museum, no electronic gimmicks just really interesting exhibits laid out in a... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
David H
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Saffron Walden, 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
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't expecting much to be honest, so was pleasantly surprised at the size of the museum. It's very interactive so fun and educational for children. Plenty to look at and learn! I recommend going here for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon. 

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

What a great little museum, no electronic gimmicks just really interesting exhibits laid out in a clever way. The museum looks really small from the outside but it's like Dr. Who's Tardis inside. Lots of fascinating items. This is how museums used to be before...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

the museum had plenty to look at, we were quite surprised and the entry price was very reasonable,the museum is very well set out and easy to find. well worth a visit. very educational

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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

What a gem the museum is. It doesn't look that big from the outside but there's so much to see inside, covering hundreds of years of history of the local area and far beyond. There really is something for everyone and it was great to...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

We spent an interesting hour at the Museum, which currently has a special exhibition of agriculture and farming practice and equipment from the area. It's always good to pop in here to sample some of the contents. Also entrance costs are keenly priced to encourage...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

This is a very fashionable, peaceful and interesting museum to look at for a point of interest but that it’s fairly small looking around here doesn’t last that long. But apart from that it’s beautifully historical as well with the props and older things you...More

Thank Tommiddle
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The Saffron Walden Museum definitely covers a wide range of history, ranging from the expected local history and exhibits all the way to ancient Egypy, Ice Age Britain and pretty much a smattering of everything else you can imagine, and they do it all very...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

Being new to the area we thought it would be nice to visit the local museum. The entrance fee was really reasonable and the local information on display was really comprehensive and interesting. There are also more generic displays such as fossils and a mummy...More

Thank SmithyMJ
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SaffronWaldenMuseum, Guest Relations Manager at Saffron Walden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review MJ Smithy I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum; we have a rolling programme of special exhibitions and hope that you will come again. May I take this opportunity to welcome...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We went here with an OAP, two adults, a 13 year old, a 9 year old a 7 year old and a 3 year old. It had lots of interesting facts and things to look at and do. There were various trails, a tiny shop,...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

I love this museum. So easy to get to, friendly staff and love reading about the history of the one, the locals finds and although fairly small, it's a great explore. Max 1 hour needed inside but on a good day, the grounds a lovely...More

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Mike S
14 April 2018|
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Response from SaffronWaldenMuseum | Property representative |
Dear Mike, Thank you for your question. Our admission charges are very reasonable: Adults £2.50 Concessions (over 60’s / Students) £1.25 Under 18... More
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john_bucks481
9 July 2017|
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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
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Richard B
31 August 2016|
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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
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