Chelmsford City Museums
Prehistoric room at Chelmsford Museum

Chelmsford Museum

prehistoric room at Chelmsford Museum

Chelmsford Museum

Opening hours

We are open every day, 10am to 5pm

View more details about our opening hours


Bank holidays

We are open on bank holidays



Entry is FREE

What you can see and do at chelmsford museum

You can take a walk through Chelmsford's history, from the Ice Age, right through to the present day. See a mammoth, watch a princely Anglo-Saxon burial, and see stunning art by a Turner Prize winner.

Displays include:



museum Guide

While you are at the museum, you can follow our handy guide.  Download the guide here. It gives you a top ten tour, including must-see objects and a handy map of our displays. 

The museum is also home to  Essex Regiment Museum

Find out about the history of the museum and Oaklands Park.

Explorer zone

We have created a new area in the museum where you can pick up resources to help your children explore the museum and park. All of the resources are free to borrow while you use the museum, we just ask that you return them at the end of your visit. 

Our new Explorer Zone includes:

  • Explorer bags
  • I Spy trails
  • Percy's Park trail

Find out more about the Explorer Zone.


There are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities available at the museum.


You can shop in the main welcome hall. There is a range of gifts from pocket money treats to collectable keepsakes linked to our collections.

Park and cafe

A day out at Chelmsford Museum is perfect for the whole family, with the museum sitting at the heart of Oaklands Park in Chelmsford. 

Our Hive Cafe is open from 8am to 4pm every day.

Chelmsford Museum external view

Find chelmsford museum


Chelmsford Museums
Oaklands Park
Moulsham Street

By car

Chelmsford Museum is located on Moulsham Street, near the junction with New London Road. We have a free car park at Chelmsford Museum, with space for Blue Badge holders.

Maximum stay is two hours.

By bike

Chelmsford Museum is located on a cycle route. 

You can look at the cycle map to plan your journey. 

There are cycle parking facilities. 

Public transport 

By bus 

The nearest bus stop to Chelmsford Museum is on New London Road, at the junction with Moulsham Street opposite the Rising Sun pub.

The number 42, 42A, 52 and 100 buses stop at this bus stop.

You can look at First Essex to check which buses go to the museum.

By train

The nearest train station to Chelmsford Museum is Chelmsford Station. Find train times at Trainline.

The museum is about a 30 minute walk from the station. Find directions from the station at Greater Anglia.