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“A Must for history / military enthusiasts”

Combined Military Services Museum
Ranked #2 of 30 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.
Zaandam, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A Must for history / military enthusiasts”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

A hidden gem, I must say. Small but very interesting museum. The collection holds some very rare items, wich alone would make a visit worthwile. We were received by the enthusiastic curator/historian and got a very interesting tour. Their firearm collection is probabily the largest I ever saw (and I've seen quite a few). In short; if you have a half day to spare, I recommend a visit to this hidden gem!

Visited May 2013
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London
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Part of history on your doorstep”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Brilliant place and staff were so polite and knowledgeable, some really great artefacts.
Also a vast collection of items from all wars and secret operations,
Houses one of the biggest collection of firearms in Europe,
Admission fairly cheap great souvenirs and also toilets on all floors.
Great day out for anyone all ages..

Visited April 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A hidden gem. A must for anyone interested in any age of the military”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

A fantastic eclectic collection of weapons and military memorabilia throughout the ages. Particularly loved the World War II section and the wonderful section on the two British spies Prue and Peter Mason who donated a lot of their cool spying paraphernalia to the museum. We ended up spending nearly three very happy hours in there. I loved the fact that there was so much to see and not a cheesy headphone or flashy video screen in sight.

There was also and extensive Civil War Collection, a forest of polearms a lot of local history, an impressive array of guns charting the history of the gun's development , uniforms form through the ages and one of the cockleshell heroes canoes. Seriously if you are at all interested in military history do yourself a favour and go!

Visited February 2013
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“suprised !”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

brilliant day out for the winter, on a wet day. Staff were excellent and informative and friendly. So much to read, and look at. I took 3 children, (7,8, and 14) all were interested. There was a question sheet for the children to go round with collecting answers if they wanted with clip board and pen. Everything was well lit and displayed so nicely. Loved the 'spy' stuff. Could have spent a really long time looking at all the guns. Old stuff, new stuff, intricate stuff taken apart to see inside, ....was great. Original medical gear - a bit gruesome with the amputations etc... my kids loved that... They've all covered Florence Nightingale in school, so was excited to read about her here.
Was def worth a visit to this place....don't be fooled by the small front and the out of the way place where this is....
There are toilets (up and down), vending machines up stairs and seating scattered about if you get tired, there is a lift, I was charged £14 i think ? for one adult and 3 kids. Compared to bowling, cinema, other wet day things.....educational is how I'd rather spend the money, the kids loved trying on a few of the hats/helmets too on the upper floor. You can also have tea and biscuits with 'real' tea downstairs in reception if you like. There are other things to buy in the gift shop section to do with 'war', and good books.

Visited March 2013
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
272 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
“An amazing museum”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

I'm not really into military museums, but my friend is, and so we drove to Maldon to visit this one.

Surprisingly easy to find and in a surprising location - at the end of an industrial estate!

Parking is free and easily accessible but don't be deceived by the small frontage, this is one museum that belies its exterior, for inside are three floors of military memorabilia and artefacts covering over 400 years of warfare. and well displayed as well as being well-identified - no guessing what the exhibits are here!

Refreshments here are limited to two vending machines with two tables and chairs - really only for the desparately thirsty and the desparately hungry!

Overall an excellent museum, however don't forget the big stuff outside and beside the museum.

Visited March 2013
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