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The museum is currently closed in accordance with the latest Government regulations to control the COVID-19 virus

  • We are usually closed over the winter but are considering a number of special openings in December if this becomes possible.

  • We have extended our current special exhibition and displays into 2021.

  • If you have a Museum Year Pass bought in 2019 or 2020 please hold onto it as we will announce some extended benefits into 2021.

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Calendar, homeware, cards & prints, stationery, accesssories and unique gifts

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“Last of the Fair” paint-up
25th & 26th September 2020
We would like to thank Colchester Borough Council for supporting our rescheduled events during August and September 2020.

Extended into 2021

When Alfred Munnings married his second wife Violet in April 1920 his reputation as a notable equestrian portraitist was flourishing. As a result of this he was frequently away from home for extended periods and he wrote home to his new wife of these experiences. In 2020 the museum’s displays will be interwoven with original correspondence, preparatory sketches and finished works that relate to this time.

Extended into 2021

The museum offers changing displays from its large and significant collection of life’s works by Sir Alfred Munnings (P.P.R.A.).

Over 200 paintings, drawings and sculpture are displayed each year throughout eight rooms of the artist’s former home and working studio offering a complete survey of his artistic development.

Furniture, personal items and other ephemera remain in situ much as if Sir Alfred and his wife were still in residence.


with a Foreword by His Grace, the Duke of Rutland.

This beautiful publication reveals never-before-seen correspondence from Sir Alfred Munnings to his wife Violet. Seemingly dashed-off in quieter moments these affectionate and conversational missives, with little regard for grammar and punctuation, charge from subject to subject. They also reveal the abiding love that Munnings had for Violet and are often signed off Yours with love AJ and a large X.


The museum is delighted to present this book of creative written responses to the paintings of Sir Alfred Munnings.




Adult (inc seniors) £12 / Tour £17

Family: 1 Adult £16 / 2 Adults £26
(children age 5-16)

Year Pass £20 (includes General Admission and Tours)

Essential companions, blind visitors and children under 5 FREE


We are unable to offer group visits for the remainder of 2020

If you would like to enquire about a group visit in 2021 then please contact us