Braintree Museum Logo with springtime flowers and main entrance


Based in the former Manor Street School building since 1993, Braintree District Museum conserves and celebrates the history of Braintree and its surrounding areas, focusing on the District’s industrial and cultural achievements and its many notable personalities.

The Museum’s main galleries chart the history of the town from the prehistoric era up to the 21st century, focusing on Braintree’s archaeology, industry and craftsmanship. Exhibits include artefacts discovered in the local area, a dedicated area for Crittall Windows, and exhibits that focus on the importance of both the Courtauld and Warner textile firms.

Braintree Museum is also proud to celebrate the work of John Ray, widely regarded as the Father of Natural History, with a John Ray Gallery.

The museum also offers visitors the opportunity to visit our Victorian Classroom where both adults and children can step back in time on themed educational visits.

The museum holds many events throughout the year including children’s activities, exhibitions, workshops and talks on various subjects.

Guide Prices

Adults: £5
Concessions: £3
Children: £3 (under 5’s free) under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be booked online:



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Online booking possible


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups
  • Typical visit duration - 30 minutes to 1 hour

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Board/Flipchart
  • Facilities for conferencing

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals - The Museum provides a range of bookable guided tours. Please check our What's On for scheduled tours or our Group Visits guide to book a private tour. Both are available on our website
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

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Braintree Museum

Type:Family Friendly

Manor Street, BRAINTREE, Essex, CM7 3HW
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Opening Times

* Opening Times:
Tuesday to Saturday
10am – 4pm

The Museum closes for about a week during the Christmas and New Year period. Dates and times for this will always be communicated through the regular communication channels and the website

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