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The museum is open until 28th November 2020

  • The museum is currently governed by Tier 2 restrictions covering Essex to reduce the transmission of Covid-19. This means that you should not visit the museum with people who are not in your household or support bubble.

  • Timed tickets are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 11am and 3.30pm (last entry 2.45pm).

  • On Tuesdays and Fridays, at 11am and 2pm, we are offering guided tours with a curator. We have imposed a small maximum capacity on tours in order that social distancing can be maintained. You should not book onto a tour with anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.

  • All tickets must be purchased in advance and can be booked online or by calling 01206 322127.

  • Museum Year Passes bought in 2019 are valid until 28th November 2020.

  • We are only taking card and contactless payments in the museum shop.

We have implemented a number of safety procedures, which ensure that we remain in line with Government policy, and provide the best experience possible. These measures mean that your visit will be different from before, but our top priority is your safety. If you would like more details on this please visit our page About Your Visit.

Until 28th November

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.

Until 28th November

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.

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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.


2nd September – 28th November 2020

General Admission
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
11am – 3:30pm (last entry 2.45pm)

Guided Tours
Tuesday and Friday
11am and 2pm


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