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

Update September 2018:

The Victorian House continues to be closed for renovation – floorboards are up, wiring and pipework popping up everywhere. Below the floorboards, a few interesting finds have been made – a 1921 newspaper which carried a story about a summer drought (which made it to the Daily Mail) , a World War 1 enlistment form, a bell pull to summon the servants, and several early 20th century packets of cigarettes ! Other finds related to the Victorian building include a gilded brown geometric wallpaper, dark brown wooden panelling just inside the Victorian front door, and a fireplace hearth of tiles similar in colour and pattern to the tiled floor inside the front door. We have also acquired a couple of dozen paint tester pots !

The curatorial team are hard at work writing labels for the new displays.

Outside, the carpark is being extended so that the former grass overflow will be incorporated with a one way entrance and exit. The café patio on the rear rose garden terrace is being laid, and there will be two new disabled ramps into the museum and café. At the back of the museum extension, a glass enclosure will shortly be built to house the Crompton Toastrack railway carriage which is away in Ross-on-Wye being restored.


The project would not have been possible without funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Chelmsford City Council, so thank you to everyone who buys their weekly lotto tickets!

You can still see the Bright Sparks exhibition, Boris the Bear, our live beehive, the Essex Regiment Museum and the Essex Yeomanry exhibition. 

We also still have events and exhibitions on throughout the 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