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 are represented. 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 manual equipment.

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.
  See Exhibitions for more details.

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. Turn left in front of the church to reach the entrance gates of the museum.
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or Link to Google maps (in a new window).
If you come on the bus (67 from Colchester), the museum is a short walk straight ahead from the terminus.

Opening hours: 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.

Admission Charges: ADULTS 1.00
(under 5 years old are free)

Collections: Local history, social history, natural history and geology, local photographs, oral history, family history, parish records, marine, John Leather Memorial Collection, engineering and costume.

Facilities: Activities for children, Audio Guides, Disabled Access, Disabled Parking, Shop

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.

Access Statement: Our Access Statement gives more about access to the Museum.

Download our latest brochure:
Click Here to view the current brochure (2.3Mb). 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 About Us for more information.

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Mersea Island Museum Trust is a Registered Charity No. 271818.
Site updated 16th September 2014

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