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“A hidden gem”

Combined Military Services Museum
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Maldon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Experience a journey through British military history beginning on the brutal medieval battlefields, through the Crimean & Napoleonic Wars, through WW1 & WW2 to current day conflicts. Discover the secretive worlds of Spies, their gadgets, weapons and disguises. Learn about Special Forces, SOE and their brave, daring operations. See stunning displays of combat uniforms; be astonished by one of Europe's largest public display of Firearms. Squirm at the medical equipment used on battlefields and learn the personal stories behind the medals and the weapons. Read intimate accounts from dairies of British Soldiers. Dress up in the heavy pieces of armour worn in days gone by; carry some of the equipment of soldiers of today. Tanks, Swords, Armour, Missiles and so much more! Discover Britain's Military History by seeing only genuine period artefacts. End the day with a fun visit to Promenade Park or a delicious Cream Tea at Heybridge Basin.
Reviewed August 25, 2012

If this museum was in London you'd be queuing to get in! It's a hidden gem, tucked away in a cul de sac, but better than most museums I've visited. Staff are friendly and very knowledgeble, and genuinly are interested in explaining the exhibits to visitors. Get down there!

Thank Tonybrentwood
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"james bond"
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"hidden gem"
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"an industrial estate"
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"amazing collection"
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"spy equipment"
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"three floors"
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"well worth a visit"
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"on display"
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"tucked away"
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"private collection"
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"special forces"
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"cold war"
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is a superbly presented museum, and a must for anyone interested in the work of SOE or MI6 (SIS). It is not what one would expect tucked away in Maldon.

Thank pumpkin586
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Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

I visited the CMSM with my husband and daughter. It looked small from the front but we were pleasantly surprised when we walked in to find 3 floors full of exhibits.
Everything from primitive axes to modern spy and SAS equipment, military costumes from all eras, a whole room dedicated to guns, too many things to list.
An absolute must-do for anyone who is interested in the armed services, war and weaponry.
We never knew it was there until we came across a flyer, it's rather tucked away in an industrial area of Maldon. A real hidden gem.

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

What a fantastic little museum!! Very friendly, amazing collection of artefacts. My husband particularly enjoyed the special forces part. Incredible value for money. Definitely recommend

Thank vanialre
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Hidden at the end of a residential/industrial street (dont miss the old Maldon Railway station) is the csmm. It is a small and well mantained museum with some fascinating exhibits. These range from suits of armour, pikes, lances and swords on the ground floor to a range of more moden militaria on the upper floors. There are some truly unique items here which are amazing for a small place, not least the spy items which make for a fascinating read. In the last year the museum has had an extension and now houses a fantastic array of small weapons also. I stayed for 3/4 hours but could have stayed longer. recommend

Thank terryhey
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