Category Archives: Visit Us

Hair-Raising Half-Term Activities & Revised Opening Hours

Our click and collect activity packs bring our usual holiday craft and learning activities to your home! Each pack contains the materials you need plus exciting stories from our collections.
Please note you will need basic craft materials such as paint, scissors and glue and masking tape.
Get ready for Halloween with our hair-raising half term pack. Make your own climbing spider to scare your friends, some super creepy witch ears to wear trick or treating and a flappy bat or owl.

Your pack will include:
1x flappy bat/owl kit
1x witches ears kit
3 x climbing spider kit
1 x A4 activity booklet including instructions and spooky trail

Available to order now via our art tickets page for £5 each

Once you have ordered your pack you can come to the museum on either the 26th or 27th of October to collect, any time during our opening hours. Please bring along your order number so we can check you off our list.

We often use re-purposed materials in our packs and as such there will be slight variations between packs. We use recycled materials to keep the pack costs down for you and the planet.
Children should be supervised at all times when carrying out the activities, packs may contain small parts unsuitable for young children.
Thursday 28th October, 6.30-8.30pm
Museum at Night – Spooky Forest

Strange creatures are abroad in Saffron Walden Museum. Come and hunt them down next Thursday from 6.30pm and see if you can solve the true or false trail! No need to pre book. Trails are £1.50 (this doesn’t include entry to the Museum). Explore the museum by torch light. Collect a spooky forest pack from the Welcome desk. Why not come dressed up to!
Revised Opening Hours

Currently our opening hours until the end of this week are:
Thursday-Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday: 2pm-5pm
CLOSED Monday-Wednesday

For half-term week, the Museum will be open Tuesday 26 – Saturday 29 October 10-5pm, and Sunday 31 October 2-5pm.

From November, our opening hours will be Wednesday-Saturday 10-4.30pm, Sunday 2-4.30pm. Closed Mondays. Open on Tuesdays for school visits, group bookings and pre-booked events only.

Admissions: Adults £2.50; Concessions £1.25; Under 18s Free.
Admission not included with event tickets.

Phone: 01799 510333

Half-term at the Museum

It’s hard to believe it’s October half-term next week! As the days are getting shorter and the country is being battered by storms, why not take shelter in the museum during half-term? We’ve got loads going on to keep the kids, and adults, entertained!

Woolly Mammoth Fun Days
25 and 26 October

Join us for our Woolly Mammoth Fun Days on the Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 October. On both days, you can follow our Woolly Mammoth activity trail around the museum, and lend a hand to create a “fur” coat for our chilly mammoths!

On both days, there will also be seated activity sessions, as follows:

Weds 25 October: Ice Age Wrapping Paper– create your own ice age themed stamp and create some ice-tastic wrapping paper

Thurs 26 October: Fantastic Fossils – paint your own plaster fossil

These seated sessions will run every 20 minutes from 11am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 4pm. There will be space for 15 children in each session. If you are coming in a large group it is advisable to come later in the day when we tend to be less busy.

Usual admission charges to the museum apply and children MUST bring an adult.

Museums at Night
27 October

Our ever-popular Museums at Night is back on Friday 27 October, from 6pm until 8pm. We’re opening up the museum after-hours and challenging you to follow our night-time trail by torchlight. See the museum as you’ve never seen it before.

Usual admission charges to the museum apply and children MUST bring an adult.

Life in the Ice Age

Until 14 January

Our current exhibition, Life in the Ice Age, runs until 14 January 2018. 

Learn about about ice sheets, glaciers and times of warmer weather. See a Stone Age man and learn more about the tools he used, and discover more about the creatures that lived in Essex during the last Ice Age glaciation.

Come and find out more about the animals of the Ice Age, with models of a sabre-tooth tiger, a European wolf and a woolly mammoth, as well as actual remains of creatures – including a woolly mammoth tusk!


Plus we have lots to see and do in our nine permanent galleries, which include local history, archaeology, natural history, costume and world cultures. Take one of our activity trails around the museum, dig for treasure in our archaeological sandpit, or get up close and personal with nature in our Discovery Centre.

For more details about visiting the museum click here

Saffron Walden Town Video

The museum features in a new video created to promote Saffron Walden and all that it has to offer. The video has been created by the Saffron Walden Initiative and it was launched at a special screening at Saffron Screen in November 2015. The video includes shots of various local attractions, including the Fry Art Gallery, Bridge End Gardens and Audley End House. Some of the museum’s galleries and star objects, such as our Anglo-Saxon ring and Wallace the Lion, also make an appearance.