Harlow Museum

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Muskham Road
CM20 2LF

The museum is located in the stable block of the former Mark Hall Manor House – visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth I. It is surrounded by the beautiful 16th century walled gardens which make a perfect picnic spot in the spring and summer. The museum’s 3 galleries tell the story of Harlow, displaying local finds from a mammoth tusk to the remarkable local Roman collection, discovered in part at Harlow’s Roman temple site nearby. There is a temporary exhibition programme with a focus on integrating items from the collection with national events. We also have community activities in our open spaces, family workshops for our younger visitors and there are special interest talks and trails for the curious. The museum is also home to the John Collins Cycle Collection which, amongst over 50 bicycles, includes 5 Penny Farthings, a Quintuplet, a rare Hobby Horse and Rayleigh Bomber. The museum’s study centre provides archive materials, newspaper records from the 1950s, maps, drawings, oral histories, local photographs and parish records (in partnership with Essex Record Office). We welcome academics who are studying new town architecture, planning and public art collections.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Tuesday - 9:30 - 15:30 Thursday - 9:30 - 15:30 Saturday - 11 - 15.30



Travel directions:

Muskham Road, just off A414

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Gardens open to public
  • Library with public access
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Meeting room available
  • Cafeteria
  • Public car park
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Study facilities

Facilities information:

The Museum is fully accessible with access to all galleries, gardens and toilets via ramps. Free car parking is available at the rear of the Museum. Nappy changing facilities on site.


  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Guided tours
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Regular children's club
  • General guide to collections available
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Professional development and training for teachers

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