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Hollytrees Museum

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Address: Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG, England
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+44 1206 282940
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic...

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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An interesting potted history of Colchester on show in several different themed rooms was most interesting especially the clocks.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An interesting potted history of Colchester on show in several different themed rooms was most interesting especially the clocks.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You don't need to be a child to enjoy the many fascinating exhibits on display. For children it is amazing to see a glimpse of life in days gone by, specially the dolls houses, but for adults it is a sentimental reminder of a distant childhood. What's more it is entirely free!

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Felixstowe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An eclectic collection of antiques and curios that bring bygone ages to life. Nothing over-fancy, but very representative of everyday life. All the displays are very well presented and captioned, and it’s great to see a focus on ‘things’ – an approach that seems to be going out of fashion in the major museums where the emphasis is on interpretation... More 

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Thank Chris S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good for all ages for an hour or so and free entry all the time. Gives infomation on the local nursery rhymes from colchester. Highlt recommend

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

If I could Use One Word To Describe This Museum It Would Be "Wow!" The Museum Staff Were Very Friendly and welcoming. The museum was very clean and not run down in any way at all! The whole family really enjoyed their day out here and we would love to revisit here again!

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Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

Entrance is from the castle park. In the foyer you find the tourist information centre. It house galeries on two floors. Clocks, paintings, lovely by gone galery with a brilliant dolls house and the first hoover. Free as well but donation appreciated

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Durrus, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Enjoyed our visit to both the castle park and made the natural progression to Hollytrees museum. Its suitable for adults as well as children.

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Colchester B, General Manager at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Please visit our website for more information about our exhibitions and events. We have another museum in the centre of town; the Natural History Museum is housed in a church opposite Hollytrees Museum and is free to visit. More 

Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Interesting look into the past for all, especially those over 60years of age! Examples of toys from my childhood and also domestic aids for laundry etc also from my childhood. I took my grandaughter who is only 6 years old and she was amazed at items on display and interested at granny's explanation. There is a replica dolls house of... More 

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Colchester B, Curator at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Dear Yvonne C, Many thanks for taking the time to review Hollytrees museum. I am delighted that you and your granddaughter enjoyed the displays and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This was a spontaneous visit as it was whilst the castle was being refurbished so we couldn't go there as originally planned. But what a nice surprise!

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Colchester B, Curator at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Dear Joyce H, Thank you for reviewing your visit to Hollytrees Museum last year. We look forward to welcoming you back to Hollytrees and the (now open) Castle soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Small museum in an elegant Georgian house, Grade I listed building. Displays demonstrating family life of the rich and poor in Georgian and Victorian Colchester. Fascinating display of historic toys, clocks and full model of Hollytrees House. It is claimed that three of the best known Nursery Rhymes originated in Colchester. Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole and Twinkle Twinkle Little... More 

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Colchester B, Curator at Hollytrees Museum, responded to this review

Dear Judith S, Thank you for taking the time to review Hollytrees Museum. I am so pleased you enjoyed the Toys gallery, it is one of my personal favourite areas of the museum as well. More 

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