Hollytrees Museum
Hollytrees Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic life and childhood in Colchester over the past 300 years. Meet many different characters from the past and experience Colchester's fascinating history. Discover what family life was life for the rich and the poor. Then be transported back to the days before washing machines to try out a dolly peg and dress up as a servant.
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1-2 hours
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  • Steve T
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom54 contributions
    Excellent museum
    Very nice small museum. The long case clocks were very interesting as were the dolls houses and toys. Very interesting also to see things hidden away by children back in Victorian times! The guided tours each Saturday start from the museum.
    Visited March 2020
    Written March 13, 2020
  • SJC94
    Ashford, United Kingdom180 contributions
    Free Small Georgian House Museum
    Tourist Information and small Georgian House Museum. Some interesting rooms over several floors with lift access. Passes half an hour easily especially during a shower in the park. Toilets available but no refreshments but several cafe near by. Attraction is free.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Susan M
    Chicago, Illinois38 contributions
    So helpful
    Before we left for our trip to Colchester, I contacted the tourists information staff located in the Hollytrees Museum. What a wealth of knowledge they were. They sent me numerous emails responding to my many questions about lodging and the best way for transportation from Heathrow to Colchester. They even sent me bus schedules and plentiful information on what to see and do in the Colchester area. We live in the States and the cost for them to mail me these things was significant. I so appreciated all there help. When we did arrive in Colchester , we did visit the museum. I found it very interesting and again, the ladies working there so helpful with maps and information.
    Visited May 2015
    Traveled with family
    Written May 17, 2015
  • missacorah
    337 contributions
    A warmer welcome would have been appreciated
    Was really excited to visit this museum due to the old toys and games we knew it contained. We arrived at the entrance as a man was coming out to it who actually looked at us like we were doing something wrong by being there. I smiled at him waiting for him to say something… nothing?! I had to say ‘Is it ok to go in?’ To which he replied yes. Not at all welcoming. The displays themselves were nice especially the dolls houses… wow! But we didn’t like the mixture of new and old toys in the same cabinets often with no explanation of them. The visit itself only took less than an hour. The female staff member in the gift shop on the way out was much more professional. Would only recommend this place for the incredible dolls houses. I think the rest needs a revamp.
    Visited September 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2021
  • Paige B
    Braintree, United Kingdom144 contributions
    Worth a visit
    We enjoyed exploring all the different rooms in this lovely building. Had some interactive areas for kids which was a nice touch. Also had a lovely gift shop and staff were very friendly.
    Visited July 2019
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 2, 2019
  • Peters101
    Colchester, United Kingdom139 contributions
    Excellent Small Museum
    Interesting range of exhibits well presented well worth an hour of your time. Especially like the twentieth century domestic objects.
    Visited May 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2019
  • Pranker797
    Lowestoft, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Good free exhibitions
    Not too much here, but what is is very enjoyable. Child life exhibit very interesting, gives good insight into life in the past. However, this place focuses very much on the upper class, leaving the lower classes unrepresented. Overall, a good place for a couple of hours, but don't plan to spend a day here.
    Visited April 2019
    Traveled with family
    Written April 14, 2019
  • alisdair t
    Workington, United Kingdom6,315 contributions
    Excellent little museum, in a lovely house
    The museum is free to get in, but please leave a donation... It contains some wonderful things, a lot connected with the area. A room devoted to clocks, the Bernard Mason Clock Gallery, including many wonderful grandfather ones, some 400 years old. A room with some wonderful old toys in, a few paintings of local people through history, old household objects, a little bit devoted to the local girl who wrote "twinkle twinkle little star"... A lovely garden to the side. No cafe here, but little shop and also toilets
    Visited September 2017
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2017
  • Emmie D
    34 contributions
    Mmmm..
    I was enjoying my visit untill the floor with the children's toys in .... I'm pretty certain there are some spiritual beings around as they did not Like my being around , I felt ill, and I had the urge to leave to feel better. I think a cleansing is due ... They the children are not happy
    Visited July 2016
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2016
  • SFM1959
    Colchester, United Kingdom738 contributions
    Good snapshot of local history in a nice old building
    As access to this is free, come and spend an hour or so finding out about Colchester's history through the centuries. Small displays and information on several floors to check out. Get more info from the knowledgeable guides in the tourist info on the ground floor.
    Visited July 2015
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2015
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missacorah
Peterborough, England337 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Was really excited to visit this museum due to the old toys and games we knew it contained.
We arrived at the entrance as a man was coming out to it who actually looked at us like we were doing something wrong by being there. I smiled at him waiting for him to say something… nothing?! I had to say ‘Is it ok to go in?’ To which he replied yes. Not at all welcoming.

The displays themselves were nice especially the dolls houses… wow! But we didn’t like the mixture of new and old toys in the same cabinets often with no explanation of them.

The visit itself only took less than an hour. The female staff member in the gift shop on the way out was much more professional.

Would only recommend this place for the incredible dolls houses. I think the rest needs a revamp.
Written September 9, 2021
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Paige B
Braintree, UK144 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We enjoyed exploring all the different rooms in this lovely building. Had some interactive areas for kids which was a nice touch. Also had a lovely gift shop and staff were very friendly.
Written November 2, 2019
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Peters101
Colchester, UK139 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Interesting range of exhibits well presented well worth an hour of your time. Especially like the twentieth century domestic objects.
Written May 29, 2019
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Pranker797
Lowestoft, UK29 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Not too much here, but what is is very enjoyable. Child life exhibit very interesting, gives good insight into life in the past. However, this place focuses very much on the upper class, leaving the lower classes unrepresented. Overall, a good place for a couple of hours, but don't plan to spend a day here.
Written April 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

alisdair t
Workington, UK6,315 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
The museum is free to get in, but please leave a donation... It contains some wonderful things, a lot connected with the area. A room devoted to clocks, the Bernard Mason Clock Gallery, including many wonderful grandfather ones, some 400 years old.
A room with some wonderful old toys in, a few paintings of local people through history, old household objects, a little bit devoted to the local girl who wrote "twinkle twinkle little star"... A lovely garden to the side. No cafe here, but little shop and also toilets
Written September 20, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Emmie D
34 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
I was enjoying my visit untill the floor with the children's toys in .... I'm pretty certain there are some spiritual beings around as they did not Like my being around , I felt ill, and I had the urge to leave to feel better. I think a cleansing is due ... They the children are not happy
Written July 23, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SFM1959
Colchester, UK738 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
As access to this is free, come and spend an hour or so finding out about Colchester's history through the centuries. Small displays and information on several floors to check out. Get more info from the knowledgeable guides in the tourist info on the ground floor.
Written September 27, 2015
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alangreen571
Colchester, UK79 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
Visiting this place is not worth the time or energy!!! It has no characteristics and is almost pointless
Written September 24, 2015
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Mike D
Colchester, UK86 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
Long time established museum next to Colchester Castle. I have seen a mummy here! Displays of many objects from further including old clothing.
Written July 1, 2014
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JimFo92
Leeds, UK74 contributions
Feb 2014 • Friends
Really interesting, especially for someone fairly new to the town. Informative information and interesting exhibits showing the house's history as well as the town in general.
Written February 16, 2014
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