Chelmsford City Museums
City Centred Exhibition

Chelmsford Museum Development

Our redevelopment has now begun. The Victorian House is now closed however the new extension is still open. 



Chelmsford Museum is being transformed

With new interactive displays, exciting new artefacts, an integrated cafe and more, the museum will capture the imagination and reflect the experiences of the city’s growing and diverse community.

The museum secured £1.44 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help redevelop its historic wing in Oaklands Park. Made possible by National Lottery players, the funding is critical in enabling us to create a much-improved experience for museum visitors.

The Victorian House part of the museum is now closed to allow the old displays to be removed and the development work to commence.  The modern wing will remain open so you can still see the Bright Sparks exhibition and the Essex Regiment Museum.  

We will have a full and exciting events programme in 2018, plus we will be touring with our Chelmsford Museum Is Changing Exhibition to bring the redevelopment out to everyone. Keep an eye out for dates coming soon! 

Visuals of displays are for illustrative purposes and may change. 

Once re-opened in 2019, the developed museum will have:

  • a café where visitors to the museum and the park will be able to relax and enjoy the views of the park 
  • new interactive displays
  • brand new objects on display
  • a room-by-room history of Chelmsford 
  • more car parking spaces
  • greater energy efficiency
  • a restored Crompton Toastrack    

There will be something for everyone and the design aspires to attract new groups who may not have been visitors before.