Chelmsford City Museums
Our Heritage Lottery Funded development has now begun. The Victorian House is now closed however the new extension is still open. 



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Chelmsford Museum is being transformed

We are in the middle of a very exciting time at Chelmsford Museum - the museum redevelopment project is well underway. In 2019, we will bring you exciting new interactive displays, brand new artefacts and a café

Money from the purchase of National Lottery tickets goes towards cultural and heritage causes, and the museum secured £1.44 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help redevelop its historic wing in Oaklands Park. 

The Victorian House part of the museum is now closed off, so that the old displays can be packed away and work can start on creating our new displays and the café

Work has started on the Bothy, with a new disable toilet being built. Family favourite Boris the bear has been moved to the Bright Sparks exhibit, so you can still see him. We have also just welcomed back our beloved bees to their brand new hive on the mezzanine. Come down and see if you can spot the Queen. 

You can still see our Bright Sparks exhibition and the Essex Regiment Museum. We also have a full events schedule this year. You can find out about our events here

New beehive on the mezzanine at Chelmsford Museum

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    

Keep an eye out for regular updates!   


If you would like to see the redevelopment plans, we will be touring with our Chelmsford Museum Is Changing Exhibition.

Some of the venues will have a member of the team on hand to talk through the exciting plans and how you can help shape the museum's future. 

You will be able to keep up to date with where the exhibition will be on Facebook and Twitter 

Confirmed tour dates: 

31 July to 19 August - High Chelmer Shopping Centre