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The museum is open from 2nd September to 28th November 2020

  • Timed tickets are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 11am and 3.30pm (last entry 2pm)

  • From 22nd September guided tours for parties from the same household or support bubble are available on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am and 2pm.

  • 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 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’.

2nd September – 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.

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.

2nd September – 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.


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We would like to thank Colchester Borough Council for supporting our rescheduled 2020 events programme.

24th September: Workshop for beginners ‘Learn to Draw Horses’ with Diana Hand, author of Draw Horses in 15 Minutes.

25th-26th September: Last of the Fair Paint-up.
Two days of painting for artists of all abilities with our tableau of Suffolk Punch horses, stripey tents, fruit barrows and maybe an unscrupulous horse dealer or two!

Members of the public are welcome to come and watch our artists at work on these days.


2nd September – 28th November 2020
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
11am – 3:30pm (last entry 2pm)

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

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