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Saffron Walden Museum

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Address: Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL, England
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+44 1799 510333
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Discover a world of hidden treasures in one of the country’s oldest...

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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An Interesting Local Museum

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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Norfolk, England
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Norfolk, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited this museum during our morning in Saffron Walden and were delighted with it. The lady on the entrance desk was friendly and helpful, displays were well set out, clearly labelled and very interesting and the sheer range of exhibits from local building methods to fashion, chinese porcelain and military memorabilia was superb. Well worth a visit

Thank Margaret L
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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360 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoy the manageable size of the museum and feel that some sections are well presented; however, there are areas that would benefit from a significant overhaul. It's good that we still have such a facility in town, but would like to see an injection of life into the fustier corners.

Thank AndyMcGonegal
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today and was quite pleasantly surprised by the range of items in display. It really has quite an eclectic collection and very much geared for children. Well worth a visit. Walden Castle adjacent to the museum is well worth visiting.

Thank stephen h
Thaxted, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting place with various displays capturing the history of this beautiful area of Essex. My seven year old enjoyed wandering around especially with the Duck Hunt culminating in a free Easter egg. Fascinating and fun. Friendly and helpful staff.

Thank BenjaminJAllen
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Visit saffron Walden museum is really good £2.50 entrance fee but well worth it. Wheel chair friendly and also has a chair lift and and lift quite a lot to see and very interesting for people of all ages.

Thank dee_756
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is a lovely little museum. There is a good variety of exhibits and is a good way to spend an hour or so. Very good value for money. Collect an activity sheet on the way in. The lion one pretty much doubled the time we spent there as we couldn't find one of the items but were determined not... More 

Thank Mumofjandk
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Tucked away, this venue is like a Tardis - the more you go round, the more you find. The 'special' exhibit of 300 years of fashion was smaller than expected, but we had not realised how much more there was to see here. Something to interest all ages - deserves to be better advertised as a main attraction for the... More 

Thank Alan C
Little Egg Harbor NJ
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

All the artifacts and furnishings from generations back, and clothes . Also dolls Egyptian artifacts.

Thank TER1951
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

great little museum with a suprising amount of different interests. Amazing history of Saffron Walden. Staff always very helpful.Cheap way to kill a few hours with the children.

Thank paulgoodey

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