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Saffron Walden Museum

Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL, England
+44 1799 510333
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Great little museum, plenty to amuse and fascinate the children

Came back to Saffron Walden just for the museum as came here last Monday when the museum is shut... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
zuppinp3
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Sawston, United Kingdom
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great use of space

This is a hidden gem of a place. Every bit of space has been excellently used. The information is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
martianpoolwoman
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Manchester, 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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+44 1799 510333
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came back to Saffron Walden just for the museum as came here last Monday when the museum is shut (schoolboy error !). Glad we came back as this is a very well laid out museum with plenty to keep children amused. A choice of four...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem of a place. Every bit of space has been excellently used. The information is well presented and the exhibits are worth looking at ! The whole place is beautifully clean and well set out. It is very cheaply priced and...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Great venue with interesting displays across all ages- well worth a visit- helped with some family tree exploration we were doing.More

Thank Chris L
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SaffronWaldenMuseum, Guest Relations Manager at Saffron Walden Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, so glad we were able to help with your family tree exploration Chris and that you enjoyed our current Special Exhibition looking at rural life and trades in north-west Essex. This is one of a rolling programme of special exhibitions...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

Even if you are not keen on museums, do not miss this one. It has the most varied and fascinating selection of items I have seen. I was expecting just a few rooms with limited collections but I ran out of time to see everything...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

I admit I didn't have high expectations of this local museum but it surprised me and left me wanting more time there! It had a great range of displays across a number of rooms - many interactive and absorbing and some quite unexpected topics that...More

Thank Aussie135
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 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

1  Thank Nicky H
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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

1  Thank Ruth G
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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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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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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
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