Braintree museum

The main galleries

The main galleries examine the development of the area from prehistory to the twenty-first century, focusing upon the textile and manufacturing industries of Courtaulds, Warner & Sons and Crittalls, with additional displays of Castle Hedingham pottery, the work of the Great Bardfield artists, and Essex straw and lace.

Braintree Museum is a popular destination for school trips with a Victorian or Evacuees theme. Many other activities and events are offered throughout the year, and the characterful Museum Shop is a unique retail outlet in the town.

Opening times and admission fee

  • Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
  • Adults £3.00
  • Concessions £1.50
  • Children free when accompanied by a paying adult
  • Visitors acting as carers for people with disabilities may enter the Museum free of charge.

Please note: Admission allows free re-entry within a month on production of a receipt.

Group bookings

Braintree Museum welcomes visits from groups during opening hours, or out of normal hours by prior arrangement. These visits are tailored to each group’s particular requirements, whether they have a specific interest or just a curiosity about the area in general


The Museum is adjacent to two car parks, and within a few minutes walk from George Yard multi-storey car park.