Based in the former Manor Street School building since 1993, Braintree District Museum conserves and celebrates the history of Braintree and its surrounding areas, focusing on the District’s industrial and cultural achievements and its many notable personalities.
The Museum’s main galleries chart the history of the town from the prehistoric era up to the 21st century, focusing on Braintree’s archaeology, industry and craftsmanship. Exhibits include artefacts discovered in the local area, a dedicated area for Crittall Windows, and exhibits that focus on the importance of both the Courtauld and Warner textile firms.
Braintree Museum is also proud to celebrate the work of John Ray (1627 - 1705)., widely regarded as the Father of Natural History, with a dedicated John Ray Gallery.
The museum also offers visitors the opportunity to visit our Victorian Classroom where both adults and children can step back in time on themed educational visits as well as research facilities with access to local archaeology, local history, photographic and textile archives.