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Saffron Walden Museum

Come and visit our new exhibition 'Life in the Ice Age'.

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Saffron Walden Museum has its very own website where you can find out about the latest exhibitions, special events and teaching sessions plus lots more. Just click on the picture on the left or use the link below to start exploring.

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Exhibitions and events

Life in the Ice Age
12 August 2017 - 14 January 2018

Our new exhibition, Life in the Ice Age, in collaboration with the Travelling Natural History Museum, is now open. Learn more about the ice ages and meet a stone age man. Featuring fossils and models of animals that lived over 10,000 years ago.


Stone Age Day

Wednesday 16 August, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Life in the Ice Age, we'll have a special visit from a Stone Age Man! He'll be setting up camp in the museum grounds and showing you what life was like in the Stone Age. You can even touch some tools made thousands of years ago. Please contact the museum for more information.

Shell Creatures

Wednesday 23 August, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Get crafty and make your own sea creatures out of shells. Use one of our shells or bring any that you've collected from the beach.
Drop-in sessions, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Usual admission charges apply and children must bring an adult.

A full list of exhibitions and events at the Museum can be found on the new website ►

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Latest news

News, happenings and an occasional insight into the collections can be found on the News section of the Museum website ►

Walden Castle, Saffron Walden

The Conservation Area Appraisal proposed management actions for the conservation of Walden Castle in Saffron Walden. To find out more about the proposals  pdf icon Read the management action "Outline Masterplan" for Walden Castle. [4Mb].

Saffron Walden Museum in 1845
Saffron Walden Museum in 1845


Discover a world of surprises in one of Britain's oldest museums

Saffron Walden Museum opened in 1835. With wide-ranging collections, from moccasins and mummy cases to mammoth tusks and Wallace the lion, it still contains much to "stand awhile and admire". This award-winning, "friendly, family-size museum" is open 363 days a year. Collections cover the human and natural history of north-west Essex, from ancient times to the present day, and many other wonderful objects from the wider world.

The Museum is set in an enclosed grass meadow, suitable for picnics, with a small car park and access for disabled visitors. It stands beside the ruins of the 12th century Walden Castle. The lovely mediaeval market town of Saffron Walden is on our doorstep, with a fine parish church, two mazes and beautiful Bridge End Garden.

Contact Saffron Walden Museum

Carolyn Wingfield (Curator)

Tel/Fax: 01799 510333/510334

Address: Saffron Walden Museum, Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL

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Opening times

March - October     November to February 
Tuesdays to Saturdays10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays10am to 4.30pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays2 to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays

2 to 4.30pm

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