Open every weekend Saturdays 10am - 4pm, Sundays 2-5pm. New exhibitions & special Jubilee events!

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Welcome to the 'Times of our Lives’

Brightlingsea is a small town with a big history! Our museum, founded by Alf Wakeling in 1989, has taken on a new lease of life. Moving to new premises on Station Road allowed us to create a brand new museum from scratch. Today we think we rank amongst the best local museums in the country. 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: 10:00 - 16:00
Sundays: 14:00 - 17:00
Spring/Summer Bank Holidays: 10:00 - 16:00
June/July/August - Wednesdays and Thursdays: 14:00 - 17:00

New for school summer holidays - Fridays 10am - 1pm

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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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Covid Pandemic

From 19th July, we recommend that visitors and volunteers continue to wear face masks, especially in the Exhibition Gallery (unless exempt). Visitors are welcome without the need to book tickets in advance, but numbers will be monitored. Please keep visiting our website and social media platforms for the latest information.


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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 and promenade together with many cafés, pubs and shops, visiting Brightlingsea is a wonderful day at the seaside! Brand new for 2021, we offer two exciting new trails - the Bricklesey Mouse Museum Trail for our younger visitors, and the Town Heritage Trail for families and adults. Both are available to collect at the museum (small charge for Heritage Trail booklet).

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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!