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Hollytrees Museum and Visitor Information Centre

free admission + toys + interactive + social history at its best

Advanced Notice: Between 6th June - 24th July 2016 refurbishment works will be carried out in the museum. During this time some galleries may be closed at short notice. We apologies for any inconvenience. Please contact us on 01206 282940 if you would like further information.


Free admission

Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic life and childhood in Colchester over the past 300 years.

Meet many different characters from the past and experience Colchester's fascinating history. Discover what family life was life for the rich and the poor. Then be transported back to the days before washing machines to try out a dolly peg and dress up as a servant.




Experience the miniature world of the Hollytrees dolls house and find out about the origin of the famous nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - which was written in Colchester!


Upcoming Exhibition and Events

Hollytrees Museum has an exciting programme of events and changing exhibitions throughout the year, so there is always something different for you to see. Click on the links below to see what is on at the moment and what will be coming soon!

Faces of Colchester Temporary Exhibition

This exhibition features faces captured by different artists over the past 4000 years. These range from the earliest depiction of the human form found in Essex to objects that show innovative methods of representation in modern art.

Until Saturday 2nd July

Free Entry


Friday 22 April 6-9pm - Faces Up-Late

Supported by Waitrose
Hollytrees Museum will be hosting a special evening opening for the 'Faces of Colchester' temporary exhibitionn. Come along to hear a Curator's introduction to the exhibition, try your hand at portrait drawing with a professional tutor, see museum objects 'Out of the Box' and learn more about the characters featured in the exhibition. This event is kindly supported by Waitrose, who will also be providing cheese and wine tasting on the evening.

6pm-9pm | Tickets £5 per person, includes drink | Bookings required | 18+ only

Bookings Required - Limited Numbers
Bookings can be made emailing or calling 01206 282931

Tickets purchased on the night


Saturday 9th April and Saturday 16th April - Collections: Out of the Box - Famous Colcestrians

Find out more about some famous local faces featured in our current temporary exhibition.