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Saffron Walden Museum given top award by TripAdvisor

Saffron Walden Museum has once again been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently impressing visitors.

Museum TripAdvisor Award

'A wonderful surprise of a museum'

The museum, which is run by Uttlesford District Council in partnership with the Saffron Walden Museum Society Ltd, was presented with the certificate based on a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on the travel and tourism review website during 2018. It is the fourth time the museum has received the award.

Reviews posted on the website have been very positive toward the museum, with customers describing it as "excellent" and "a wonderful surprise".

One visitor said: "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. Excellent value."

Another posted: "[The museum] had a great range of displays across a number of rooms. It was quirky, delightful and absorbing. Definitely worth a visit."

Carolyn Wingfield, the museum's Curator, said: "This award reflects the hard work and commitment of all the team at the museum in consistently providing a friendly and welcoming experience for visitors. It is a great seal of approval to be recognised on the TripAdvisor website which is an established measure of customer satisfaction. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their experiences of the museum on the website."

The family-friendly Saffron Walden Museum is one of the country's oldest purpose-built local museums, exploring the archaeology, natural history and social history of north-west Essex and the wider world.

It has a wide range of displays including costume, geology, archaeology, ceramics, local history, world cultures, ancient Egypt, and natural history. With a rolling programme of special exhibitions, activities and events throughout the year, there's always something new to see and do.

The next exhibition, Worlds under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy, opens on 11 August and continues until 23 September 2018. From science to fashion, for hundreds of years taxidermy has been part of our culture and loved or loathed by people for generations. The exhibition aims to explore this relationship through the display of the museum's impressive Natural History collection, including many pieces not usually on public display.

The exhibition is also the inspiration behind a series of fun-filled summer activities for children.

Wonderful Wednesdays in August @ Saffron Walden Museum

  • Magnificent masks: Wednesday 15 August
  • Mythical Beasts Collage: Wednesday 22 August
  • Paper taxidermy bind up: Wednesday 29 August
  • Animal colouring & stories: Wednesdays 15, 22 & 29 August

Saffron Walden Museum is open:

March - October: Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays - 2pm to 5pm

November - February: Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays - 2pm to 4.30pm

The museum is closed to the public on Mondays, but is open on Bank Holiday Monday afternoons 2-5pm.

Entry is free for all those 18 and under, £2.50 for adults and £1.25 for concessions.

For more information visit the website or follow the museum on Twitter @SW_Museum and on Facebook: SaffronWaldenMuseum.