Discover a world of hidden treasures in one of the country’s oldest local 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, an Ancient Egyptian Mummy and a glove given away by Mary Queen of Scots on the eve of her execution.
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!
Picnic 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.
March – October, Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sundays & Bank Holidays (including Bank Holiday Mondays) 2 – 5pm. November – February, Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4.30pm; Sundays & Bank Holidays (including Bank Holiday Mondays) 2 – 4.30pm. Closed on Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Saffron Walden Museum Facilities
Baby changing facilities
Facilities for educational visits
Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
Smoking not allowed
Adult single visit £2.50,
Concession (over 65 or student) single visit £1.25,
Children (under18 yrs) Free