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About the Munnings Art Museum

The Munnings Art Museum is at Castle House, the former home of the artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) and his wife, Violet. Described by Munnings as “the house of my dreams” he lived and worked in this elegant Tudor and Georgian building for over forty years until his death in 1959. The house, artist’s studio and garden are set in forty acres of beautiful countryside in the Dedham Vale on the borders of Essex and Suffolk.

The museum owns the largest collection of art works by this prolific East Anglian painter and former President of the Royal Academy (1944-1949). Enjoy the ambience of Castle House with the furniture and personal items which remain in situ as if Sir Alfred and Violet have just left the room to return at any moment.

Support us

The Munnings Art Museum is run by the charity, The Castle House Trust, first established by Violet Munnings in 1961. You support the charity by visiting the museum, buying a Year Pass, making a donation or ordering from our online shop. Your support enables us to deliver new research in the form of changing displays and special exhibitions, conserve our collection, and develop our learning and events programme. It contributes to making The Munnings Art Museum an international centre for the understanding the art of Sir Alfred Munnings. 

Supporting the charity helps us to maintain Castle House, the elegant Tudor and Georgian building which was the former home of one of Britain’s greatest impressionist and equestrian painters. Castle House was described by Alfred Munnings as “the house of my dreams” he, and his wife, Violet, lived and worked here for over forty years until his death in 1959. 

Sir Alfred Munnings wished to leave his house and art to the public. After his death, his widow, Violet, Lady Munnings first opened the museum, showing visitors around herself. We continue to promote this legacy, and Munnings’ place in British art history.

Year pass

Enjoy 12 months unlimited visits to the museum with our year pass!

Free places for Year Pass holders on our exclusive out-of-hours curator’s tours of the museum and special exhibition.

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The Munnings Art Museum is run by the charity, The Castle House Trust, and relies on the generosity of supporters who share our passion for the art of Sir Alfred Munnings, and equine and impressionist art. Your donations help make the development of our work

possible, ensuring the legacy of Sir Alfred Munnings continues to inspire future generations.

At this challenging time, your support is needed more than ever. Please give today. Thank you.

Get involved | Volunteer with us

The Munnings Art Museum relies on a large cohort of dedicated volunteers in a variety of roles, both front and back of house.

We are currently recruiting Room Stewards and Till Stewards to join our team. Our stewards bring the art of Sir Alfred Munnings and his former home to life, welcoming visitors and answering their questions. No prior knowledge is necessary as we provide training and support and you’ll begin by shadowing another steward.

If you have some spare time and would like to find a new interest in a beautiful setting, look no further than our volunteer team. 

The Castle House Trust

The Munnings Museum was created in 1966 when Violet, Sir Alfred’s widow, gave the house and its contents to the Castle House Trust which became a registered charity.

As the value of the collection grew and the scope of the museum’s activities increased the trustees decided that the unincorporated structure was no longer suitable and that the charity would be better served through incorporation. With the agreement of the Charity Commission a new charity was incorporated, also called The Castle House Trust. The incorporated charity took over the activities of the museum at the start of 2022 and in February 2023 the Charity Commission agreed to link the old charity to the new.

As a consequence of the linking, the unincorporated charity’s financial returns to the Charity Commission are no longer available through the charity register. The first set of substantive accounts for the incorporated charity will cover the year to December 2022 and will be published later in 2023. In the absence of earlier accounts on the charity register we thought it might be helpful to provide links to financial accounts which had been available prior to the linking of the charities.

Castle House Trust (1161304-1 formerly 310671)

Year to December 2021

Year to December 2020