Chelmsford City Museums
Two boys using a zoetrope

SEND groups at Chelmsford Musuem

Our diverse collections, new multi-sensory galleries, park and café make Chelmsford Museum a fantastic place to visit. We can provide new experiences, inspiring conversations and learning, plus having lots of fun.

Entry is free and we welcome groups to come and explore the museum and park and visit the café, which are all fully accessible. 

For a more interactive visit, we can create a bespoke museum-led session for your group, tailored to your groups interests, age and ability. 

We can adapt our school’s sessions or work with you to create something more specific based around our collection.  A session will combine opportunities to handle museum objects with the option to take part in a variety of practical hands-on activities

Planning a visit

If you are planning a visit with more than five people, you must book this in advance. You can complete a booking enquiry formor, if you would like to discuss a museum-led session for your group please email


£3.50 per pupil for a 60 minute session


There are three large disabled parking spaces in the car park and vehicle access to the front entrance if required. 

The museum and café are fully accessible with a lift to the first floor and large accessible toilet.

Quiet chill out space

There is a small ‘reflective’ gallery with seating and minimal displays which provides a quiet space in the museum.  

Café / lunch space

If you book a museum-led session and would like to stay for lunch, you can stay and use the activity room or picnic in the park in the small ‘secret garden’. 

If you are making an independent visit there is no indoor lunch space available, but you are very welcome to use the café. Please let us know before your visit if you would like to visit the café. 

Play areas in the park

There is plenty of space to run around in the park and two fenced play grounds and a ‘park trail’. Please be aware people are allowed to walk dogs off leads in the park but are asked to keep them under control and to clear up after them.

Preparing your group

Download a ‘Visual tour’ to allow your group to see the museum and displays before they arrive. 

Why not make more than one visit?

Visiting a new place can be quite overwhelming. Why not think about planning a couple of shorter visits to get the most from the experience?


Hands-on Science Sandford Mill

Sandford Mill is home to our large industrial collections, the Marconi Hut and the Sandford Mill television studio.  


From April to October we deliver a wide variety of exciting practical science sessions here. Our hands-on approach and highly experienced museum tutors enable us to tailor activities specifically for your group to enable active participation by all. 

Sandford Mill is fully accessible with disabled parking spaces, a lift to the mezzanine floor in the Engine House and large accessible toilet.

If you are interested in bringing a group to Sandford Mill and would like to discuss a visit, please complete a  booking enquiry form or email

Chelmsford  Museum in your setting

Not able to visit? Would like to introduce the museum before coming? Why not bring the museum into your setting with one of our loans boxes.

If your group is not able to visit the museum we may be able arrange a session in your setting. If you are interested, please complete a  booking enquiry form or email