We are currently open to the public on:
Tuesdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm
Thursdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm
Saturday 11am 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.
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, so please call if you would like to access particular materials.
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.
We welcome dogs on leads.
We provide an insight into Harlow’s history and future by caring for its collections and gardens. We welcome anyone who has the same passion and would like to contribute to Harlow’s heritage.
Our passionate volunteers carry out lots of interesting tasks inside the museum from managing the visitor welcome, working in the shop to assisting with exhibition research and displays.
There are year-round opportunities to get involved with gardening and horticulture in the walled gardens, helping maintain a serene surrounding for the museum.
If you are interested in joining or would like more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org