Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens

Opening times

Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens are open from 9.30am to 3.30pm (last entry 3.00pm) every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Admission

Free entry

Location

Harlow Museum

Harlow Museum

There is free car and cycle parking available on site.

About

The museum is located in the Mark Hall area of Harlow and its collections are housed within the stable block of the former Mark Hall Manor - visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth I.

Since its temporary closure during 2020, the museum has reopened with new exhibits. The ‘Movers and Shapers: the Harlow Makers’ gallery focuses on individuals who have made a difference in Harlow and beyond, while the ‘New Town’ gallery explores Harlow post WWII to more recent years.

The John Collins Cycle Collection includes everything from one of the first bicycles made in England to the iconic Raleigh Chopper - and everything in between!

The site is also home to the beautiful 17th century walled gardens, which earned a Green Flag Award in 2020 and make a perfect picnic spot in the spring and summer. Fresh interpretation boards give information about the unique planting schemes, and safe open spaces are ideal for community activities.

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) and is available via appointment.

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Events

The Museum and Walled Gardens play host to many events throughout the year. From family workshops and young explorer kits, to talks, films and festivals – there’s something for everyone.

For schools and groups, we offer loan boxes, site visits with accompanying curriculum-based activities, and outreach activities. If you are interested in these activities for your group, please contact harlow.museum@harlow.gov.uk or call 01279 446222.

October half term 2021

Join us for an exciting half term of drawing here at Harlow Museum. Our Draw on the Floor event invites children and their grown-ups to make their mark on our giant artwork.

Celebrate the natural world and promote its protection by choosing your favourite butterfly, insect or plant from our collection and gardens. Add your drawing to our poster on the floor and share your favourite slogan to encourage everyone to save our planet and the amazing creatures and plants that live on it.

Draw on the Floor runs on Tuesday 26, Thursday 28 and Saturday 30 October, 10am to 3pm. Events are free, just drop in – no booking required.

For any questions, email our Education Officer, Rhiannon Litterick Rhiannon.litterick@harlow.gov.uk.

 

Accessibility

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 in the gardens.

Volunteer

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 dedicated volunteers carry out a huge variety of interesting tasks inside the Museum. From welcoming visitors, supporting activities for children, to assisting with exhibition research and displays, there’s always something new and exciting to get involved with.

There are year-round opportunities to get involved with gardening and horticulture in the walled gardens, helping maintain a serene surrounding for the museum and beautiful outdoor space for Harlow.

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, email harlow.museum@harlow.gov.uk

Contact information

Office
Harlow Museum
Muskham Road
Harlow
CM20 2LF
01279 446222