The museum has been awarded Hidden Gem Status by Visit England.

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Epping Forest District Museum

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The museum entry is free and it is generally open from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It is generally closed on Monday, Thursday, Sunday and all bank holidays.

The museum tells the story of the people and events that shaped the local area. The fascinating collection including paintings, jewellery, costumes, a woolly mammoth tusk and the Waltham Abbey Bible.

There are changing exhibitions, galleries, gift shop and enjoy a variety of activities suitable for all ages plus events and activities that take place at the museum and in the community.

Housed in a beautiful Grade II* listed Tudor building dating from 1485 to 1603, the entire building is fully accessible and a lovely community space for all to use.

Following a judge's visit in 2022, Epping Forest District Museum was awarded Hidden Gem status in Visit England’s Visitor Attraction Accolades. The Museum scored an overall 90% with 100% in cleanliness, customer care and staff knowledge. The museum was praised as: "A fine example of a small museum with a varied and intriguing range of content drawn from the local area, supplemented by a calendar of considered, relevant temporary exhibitions."

Events and Activities

As well as a programme of major exhibitions throughout the year, the museum staff run an ongoing range of activities both in the museum building and out in the community. These can all be found on the museum website.

About the Museum

The museum features six galleries, a lift making the entire building accessible and impressive new community space for all to use.

Epping Forest District Museum tells the story of the Epping Forest district through its collections of over 50,000 objects including

• Art
• Archaeology
• Photographs
• Social History
• Documents

The redevelopment enabled the museum to showcase many more items in the collection than have been on display before.

A new gallery addition, The Core Gallery, features a cabinet of curiosities for visitors to explore. Showcasing some of the fascinating collections of objects from tea pots to bottles, this special gallery also features windows into behin-the-scenes areas allowing visitors to see the storage areas and work areas for the first time. These windows allow visitors to peer into the art and costume stores as well as a space used to work on the collections.

As well as the fantastic galleries for you to visit at the museum, a wide variety of events and activities for all ages is also on offer. From drop in family activities to artist led workshops, talks, tours and special events there is something for everyone.

Call the museum on 01992 716882 to find out more. The museum welcomes assistance dogs and water can be provided if required.

Contact the museum:

Email the museum here. Call the museum on 01992 716882. Visit the museum website. Follow the Museum on facebook

Guide Prices

Entry to the museum is free.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Museum is located in the heart of the historic town of Waltham Abbey, situated just outside the M25 between Epping Forest and the Lee Valley. From the M25, leave at junction 26 and follow the signs to Waltham Abbey.

Pay and display parking is available in the town centre, the nearest car park is Quaker Lane car park which is a 2 minute walk from the museum. Parking is also available at the Abbey Gardens car park which is a delightful 10 minute walk through the Abbey grounds from the museum.

Public Transport Directions

The museum is a 25 minute walk from Waltham Cross Railway Station. A taxi rank is located outside the station. Buses also operate from Waltham Cross Bus Station which is a 5 minute walk from the station and a bus stop is located within a 2 minute walk of the museum. Other bus routes include 213 (Regal Buses) from Epping, 66 (EOS London) from Loughton, 86 (EOS London) from Harlow and 251 (Arriva) from Upshire.

Epping Forest District Museum


39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

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