Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum, Colchester: Hours, Address, Hollytrees Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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missacorah
Peterborough, England275 contributions
A warmer welcome would have been appreciated
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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stephen b
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK1,366 contributions
A great place to visit.
Aug 2021
There are amazing museums and there are boring ones. This was certainly the former.
The display cases were so interesting but many had no illumination and were difficult to see inside.
The kitchen was fun.
There is a room of long-case clocks --- I wish that there was more information on them.
Written September 1, 2021
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JAMES K
Colchester, UK245 contributions
cracking museum
Aug 2020
this museum is definitely worth a visit if your visiting the castle or the park or maybe even both. you can spend around 2 hours here browsing the exhibits. certainly recommend
Written August 24, 2020
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Steve T
Hemel Hempstead, UK51 contributions
Excellent museum
Mar 2020
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.
Written March 13, 2020
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carolbB5171JA
Kings Langley, UK67 contributions
Small and engaging
Jan 2020
Lovely social history museum where you can take children without them being bored. Fine house and easy to get around. You can step back in time and really enjoy the exhibits.
Written January 29, 2020
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Paige B
Braintree, UK144 contributions
Worth a visit
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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W R
Colchester, UK406 contributions
Hollytrees Museum
Oct 2019
We haven’t visited this museum for many years and were pleasantly surprised by its new layout and features. An ideal place for a wet day activity for young and old.
Written October 28, 2019
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Myriam M
Fredericksburg, TX423 contributions
Day trip to Colchester
Oct 2019 • Friends
There are 3 floors of beautiful exhibits depicting life in early Colchester. Gorgeous rose gardens on grounds. Located near the beautiful Colchester park, nice place for family to enjoy. So much to enjoy.
Written October 25, 2019
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Rob M
Colchester, UK371 contributions
Small slice of history
Feb 2019
A pleasant hour or so can be spent here not a big museum but an interesting insight into the history of the building and the town. This is free so it’s a good place to waste away some time. Good for families as lots of interactive exhibits for kids
Written October 11, 2019
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Oakweld
Colchester, UK23 contributions
Good in site to colchester life
Aug 2019 • Solo
Interesting museum of Colchester life from past to present, I must if you are on a day trip or got a part of The for a visit, Do pop your head in people
Written October 9, 2019
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Hollytrees Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM