Chelmsford Museum extends its opening hours

From Monday 4 February, Chelmsford Museum is opening more hours than ever before to help visitors with busy lives.

A popular city centre attraction, the Museum is located in the beautiful Oaklands Park on Moulsham Street. Free to visit, it is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, thanks to investment by Chelmsford City Council and £1.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which began in 2018 and is expected to complete this summer.

New displays with interactive elements and all-new objects will take visitors on the emotional journey of Chelmsford's long life, from the Ice Age to the granting of city status in 2012 and beyond. You will be able to immerse yourself fully in the stories of your ancestors, trace your local area through history and experience the struggles and successes that made our area what it is today.

In advance of the widely-anticipated reopening, the Museum is changing its opening hours to 10am-5pm, seven days a week. Previously, it opened until 4pm weekdays, afternoons only Sundays and was closed on Fridays.

Chelmsford City Council is making the change to allow more visitors to enjoy the Museum, whether you are a student popping in after school for homework research, or a family wanting to spend the entire day at the museum and its surrounding parkland.

Councillor Susan Sullivan, Cabinet Member for Museums, said, "From feedback, we know that our visitors would like to access the Museum for longer during the week, and this seems the perfect time to extend our opening hours so that more people can access the story of Chelmsford than ever before.

"With the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and lottery players, the Museum is currently undergoing a huge renovation which will bring cutting-edge galleries and incredible new experiences to our visitors. The newly-redeveloped wing will be open in summer, and while work is underway you can still visit the Essex Regiment Museum, temporary exhibition room, much-loved bees and our wonderful industrial collections."

For more information about the Museum and its redevelopment project, visit http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums.

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