We are currently open to the public on:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm
There is free parking available on site.
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.
Our 4 main galleries tell the story of Harlow over 4 periods: from the designing of the new town, through the Victorians, Stuart and Tudor times, reaching back to the remarkable local Roman finds.
The museum is also home to the John Collins Cycle Collection which ranges from the Penny Farthing and Quintuplet to the Hobby Horse and Rayleigh Bomber.
The museum’s Heritage Centre provides a quiet study room, archive materials and newspaper records and services provided in partnership with the Essex Record Office, such as online access to parish records.
The museum and the gardens are both suitable for visitors in wheelchairs and we have disabled restroom facilities. Please note that some pathways in the gardens are shingle surfaced.
Disabled car parking is available on request in the courtyard.
Assistance dogs are welcome, but we do not otherwise allow dogs.
Our passionate volunteers carry out gardening and horticultural work to the walled gardens, creating an inviting and serene surrounding for the museum.
They currently meet every Tuesday and Friday at 10am in the main garden.
On Friday the main museum facilities are not available, so volunteers need to bring their own drinks.
We also welcome volunteers who are interested in helping with the running of the museum itself. This could range from welcoming and directing visitors, to research and supporting events.
If you are interested in joining or would like more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org