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Special exhibitions are the icing on the cake

Many local museums are a bit dire, we have all seen the sugar cone and the beet chopper and don't... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2018
Sudbury, United Kingdom
Excellent Museum With Friendly Staff and Superb Shop

Braintree District Museum Is in the centre of the town, opposite the Town Hall, with convenient... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2018

Many local museums are a bit dire, we have all seen the sugar cone and the beet chopper and don't want to pay to see another. Braintree museum is well above this level. There is an excellent shop with a good range of gifts, souvenirs,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 21 November 2018

Braintree District Museum Is in the centre of the town, opposite the Town Hall, with convenient parking in either Tesco or Sainsbury's carparks. It is housed in the former Victorian school, which adds greatly to the atmosphere and there is an old classroom complete with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

Knowing very little about the history of Braintree, I wasn't sure that this would be that interesting. How wrong I was... In the front garden stands the John Ray Statue. John Ray (1627 -1705) was a naturalist, in fact probably the most influential naturalist of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 25 July 2018

I've visited the museum a few times with my Nan, of whom actually attended the building for school before it was turned into a museum! She always comments on how strange it is to see her classroom now as an exhibit. Fairly hidden away, but...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Friendly helpful staff greet you and make you feel comfortable. Great to find out about how Flemish immigrants made the town famous for its wool cloth trade. How Boston USA and Braintree UK are linked. Most surprising is about a local lad John Ray who...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

We attended on behalf of Essex Federation of WI's and had a really enjoyable time. Liked the album covers & the clothes along with toys which brought back many memories.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Jan C
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Really enjoyed the Christmas crafts at the museum, such a Braintree hidden gem. Enjoyed looking around the museum, staff were very welcoming, and lovely gift shop.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank welshsusank
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Lovely exhibition with a lot of interactive exhibits to keep the children happy. The staff are both friendly and accommodating

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank nickeva6
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Braintree and the surrounding areas were important for silk production, since the Hugenots arrived here. John Ray was a pioneering botanist. Critalls made an enormous contribution to Modernist architecture with their steel-framed and shaped windows across Europe. John Critall was also a patron of modern...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Bruce R
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Excellent small museum. with lots of interesting items and good features displays and events for children .

Date of experience: August 2017
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4 February 2017|
Response from BraintreeMuseumStaff | Property representative |
The Museum is a 7 minute walk from Braintree train station, which provides services running into London Liverpool Street. Hedingham buses, First Group and other local bus companies run regular services from all surrounding... More