NEW - Our programme of Guided Walks  - A Waterside Wander and A Town Stroll - are now available to book online. £5pp, meet at museum at 2.15pm.

Get tickets here: 

Open Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun 2-5pm, Saturdays 11am- 5pm.


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Welcome to the 'Times of our Lives’

Brightlingsea is a small town with a big history! Our museum, founded in 1989, opened in new purpose-built premises in 2020 and now we think we rank amongst the best local museums in the country! We offer two exciting trails - the Bricklesey Mouse Trail for younger visitors to the museum and the Town Heritage Trail for families and adults. We also have our unique Beach Hut souvenir shop.

Whether you drop in for half an hour or half a day, there is plenty to explore, engage and excite you, whatever your age or interests. So pop along and maybe you'll have the 'Time of your Life' too!

We thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy your visit.

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Opening Times!

The museum is open from Easter to December.

Saturdays: 11:00 - 17:00
Sundays: 14:00 - 17:00
Spring/Summer Bank Holidays: 11:00 - 17:00
June/July/August - Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 14:00 - 17:00


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Yes, we are FREE!

We believe that visitors should be able to freely access this museum as often as they wish. Everyone involved in managing the museum is a volunteer and while we don't charge for admission, we still of course have bills to pay. We kindly ask our visitors to please, please make a donation. The button below links to our ‘Just Giving’ page. Thank you.

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A Welcome For All!

The Museum is completely on one level, not a step or slope in sight, with plenty of room for prams, pushchairs, mobility scooters and wheelchairs. For those with additional requirements, we welcome enquiries that will result in your visit being even more successful.


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For everyone!

Brightlingsea Museum has something for visitors of all ages and interests. We don’t like to give too much away, but based upon recent feedback we think you will be amazed! The displays are designed with a surprise around every corner and with lots of things to do. We look forward to welcoming schools and groups by prior arrangement, please contact us for further details.

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A grand day out!

Why not make a day of it!
With its beach, lido, promenade and harbour, together with many cafés, pubs and shops, visiting Brightlingsea is a wonderful day at the seaside! For more information on all that Brightlingsea has to offer, go to the town's new tourism website - Visit Brightlingsea

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Window on our world!

As local people will testify, Brightlingsea Museum is becoming famous for its window displays! Designed by our talented volunteer Gill, new themed displays have been appearing regularly to delight passers-by. In fact, our Christmas display won the town prize for ‘Best Window’. So be sure to take a look next time you pass!