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What’s to See

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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, garden, artist’s studio and Garden Café are set in forty acres of beautiful countryside in the Dedham Vale on the borders of Suffolk and Essex. The museum owns the largest collection of art works by this prolific East Anglian painter and former President of the Royal Academy (1944-1949)

Cafe

The Cafe is now closed for the winter.

Alfred Munnings is considered to be a major figure in the great tradition of British horse painting and is celebrated for his depiction of English rural life and landscapes. The museum’s carefully curated displays ensure that there is always a fully representative selection of his art on display, ranging from his childhood drawings to last works. Visitors to the museum have the opportunity to experience Munnings’ passion for the rural traditions and landscapes of East Anglia and Cornwall which he captured on canvas and develop an understanding of the talent and skill he used to convey the explosive energy of the racing scenes for which he is now globally renowned.

In the main rooms of the museum around 150 pictures are hung chronologically so that visitors can better understand the life and work of the artist. The furniture, objects and personal items belonging to Sir Alfred and Lady Munnings remain in situ and the museum welcomes visitors to sit and enjoy the ambience of their home.

In 2019, the museum will be celebrating 100 years since Munnings bought Castle House with a selection of favourite pictures hung alongside numerous works being especially brought out from store.

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The new special exhibition for 2019 will be Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918, 23rd March to 3rd November. The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum and generously supported by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.

Walkers and cyclists

The Munnings Art Museum is situated along the Essex Way which passes through it’s forty acre estate. Walkers and cyclists are welcome in the museum or just to take time out in the grounds. Visit the Café for something to eat and drink to help you on your way.

In the garden visitors will find Munnings’ original studio which he transported from Swainsthorpe in Norfolk to Dedham in 1920. In the studio are his painting materials and props.

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The Munnings Art Museum is part of the Artist’s Studio Museum Network

The network is led by the Watts Gallery, please visit the website to find out more.

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The museum’s displays are accompanied by explanatory text panels throughout, detailing important contextual events, people and influences. Many of the panels include quotes by Munnings himself, taken from his three volume autobiography, so that you can develop a sense of the man as well as the artist.

Knowledgeable room stewards are on hand to answer your questions and provide further information.

Children’s activity sheets are available.

The museum shop has a range of books, unique gifts and souvenirs.