Mersea Island Museum on the Essex Coast
We are an independent museum
established in 1976 and
occupying purpose-built premises in the centre of
West Mersea, just to the east of the Parish Church.
The traditional local activities of
fishing, oystering, wild fowling and boat building
The reconstruction within the
museum of a typical weather-boarded fisherman's
cottage provides an interior display centred on a
Victorian coal-fired kitchen range, with adjoining
facilities for washing clothes using old-fashioned
Computers in the Resource Centre can be used to access over 30,000 images,
slideshows, articles, parish records, local census contents, audio files, video.
Children are welcome, with puzzles and quizzes available.
2014 Summer Exhibition
Mersea Museum's 2014 Summer Exhibition Mersea in 1914 - the End of an Era is now open.
Before the First World War - grand plans for the island.
1914 the beginning of the World War. Local men lost. Volunteers join the services.
West Mersea Mill - a thriving local business
Along the Waterfront. Houseboats, yachting, Regatta.
August 2014, the bones from the Barrow are back in Mersea.
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Where to find us:
Mersea Island is on the Essex coast, about 9 miles south of
Colchester on the B1025.
The museum is in West Mersea -
follow the main road through the village to the High Street
and down as far as the parish church.
left in front of the church to reach the entrance gates of the museum.
Show local map
Link to Google maps
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If you come on the bus (67 from Colchester), the museum is
a short walk straight ahead from the terminus.
2pm to 5pm
Wednesday to Sunday inclusive and on Bank Holiday Mondays.
The Museum is open during the summer season commencing on 1st May 2014
and finishing on 28th September 2014.
School and Group visits can be organised outside the normal hours during
the season - see
School and Group Visits.
(under 5 years old are free)
Collections: Local history, social
history, natural history and geology,
local photographs, oral history, family history,
John Leather Memorial Collection,
engineering and costume.
Activities for children, Audio Guides, Disabled Access, Disabled Parking, Shop
The Museum Shop has a varied selection of books, postcards, souvenirs and mementos.
Guided History Walks in West Mersea are run in the summer months.
Tours are on Saturday afternoons, starting and finishing at the Museum.
First walk 17th May 2014, last walk 27th September 2014. There will be no
walk on 30th August (Regatta Day) or 13th September (Barrow open day).
£1.50 per person. Tickets available from the Museum on the day.
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Download our latest brochure:
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It will open in a new window and you can then print it.
Helping the Museum:
You can help Mersea Museum by becoming a member, volunteering, joining the 100 Club
or just by a Donation. See
for more information.