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Museums in Colchester

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Boxted Airfield Museum

Langham Lane, Langham, Nr Colchester, Essex, CO4 5NW

tel: 01206 865275

Boxted Airfield Museum station 150. The most important US fighter base in the UK in WW2.

 
Colchester Castle Museum

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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282939

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

 
Harwich Lifeboat Museum

Timberfields, Off Wellington Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3EJ

tel: 01255 502872 

Museum contains the last Clacton off-shore. Oakley Class Lifeboat 34ft and a history of the lifeboat service in Harwich.

 
Hollytrees Museum

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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG

tel: 01206 282940

An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

 
Mersea Island Museum

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Mersea Island Museum, High Street, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8QD

tel: 01206 385191

Exhibits of Mersea's social history, natural history, archaeology and fishing industry, including a fisherman's cottage display. Special exhibitions and gift shop.

 
Natural History Museum

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High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN

tel: 01206 282941

Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

 
Nottage Maritme Institute

Nottage Institute, The Quay, Wivenhoe, UK

tel: 01206 824142

A registered charity specialising in teaching RYA Shorebased Courses and other unique nautical courses. The Nottage also houses a maritime museum with a collection of paintings, photographs and models with a local flavour.

 
The Munnings Collection at Castle House

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Castle Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AZ

tel: 01206 322127

Explore the life and work of renown British artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) in his former home and studio.

 
Wilkin and Sons

Wilkin and Sons Ltd, Wilkin's Jam Factory, Factory Hill, Tiptree, Colchester, Essex, CO5 0RF

tel: 01621 814524

Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.

 
Claudius Gateway

One Castle Park, Castle Bailey, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TH

tel: 07815 564510

Fascinating archaeological ruins and Museum forming the back drop for a stylish coffee house. All proceeds go to charity.