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Find out what there is to see at one of the region's best small museums.

Magnificent Masks

Make magnificent animal masks, taking inspiration from our exhibition World Under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy

£1.50 each (tickets in advance or on the day, cash only), ages 3+
10:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Usual admission fees to the museum apply. 

Email Charlotte for more information or call 01799 510644 

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Saffron Walden Museum website - come to the Museum

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

From the Hazely Brick Earth: Agriculture in North-west Essex
27 January 2018 - 29 July 2018

A look at rural life and trades in north-west Essex from the past to the present.

"Hazely Brick Earth" is an old Essex dialect term for the rich soil found in Essex. This soil has provided livelihoods for Essex people through agriculture and rural trades for centuries. This exhibition will explore how agriculture and rural trade has changed, or continued in its traditions, from the past to the present day. 


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

Cone People
Cone People

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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