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“Packs a lot into a small space”

Saffron Walden Museum
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Owner description: Discover a world of hidden treasures in one of the country’s oldest 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, world cultures and even an Ancient Egyptian Mummy. 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! Pic nic 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.
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Packs a lot into a small space”
Reviewed February 7, 2012

For a small museum, this has a lot of interesting exhibits, particularly the natural history and local history sections. Well worth a visit.

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English first
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Nice museum”
Reviewed January 22, 2012

This is just your standard small town museum, but it does have the addition of the remains of a castle in the grounds.

Thank John T
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Basel, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Value”
Reviewed December 31, 2011

Wonderful for a rainy day in Walden. Cheap to enter, so I would recommend an annual ticket as there are often events occurring at the museum. Everyone has their favorite area. Most say Wallace the lion, but personally I love the dresses.

Well worth a visit whether you are a local or a visitor.

Visited July 2011
Thank RebeccaES
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Lezignan-Corbieres, France
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A museum lovingly out together”
Reviewed October 20, 2011

A small museum of local history, and with award-winning access. Pleasant staff, and displays of interest to all age-groups.

Visited October 2011
Thank Jayde30
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Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Award-winning, friendly, family-size museum with the ruins of a Norman castle in the grounds.”
Reviewed October 2, 2009

Moccasins, mummified cat, skeletons, meteorites, dolls & toys, Wallace the lion. Cultural exhibits from around the world. Some china. In fact, something for everyone - you can spend hours in there or be in and out in just a few minutes. Small area for special exhibitions. Programme of events & holiday activities for children/families.
There's parking right outside & a grassy area suitable for picnics.
Saffron Walden town centre is only two or three minutes walk away (although you'll need to move your car if you're leaving the Museum to go into the town.

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