Access Statement for Mersea Museum

Introduction

Mersea Museum covers the history of Mersea Island and its surrounding area. Most of the exhibition area is changed every year and the new resource centre offers a large collection of images, audio, video and reference material. Free audio guides are available, also puzzles and quizzes for children and the young at heart.
We are close to the church in the village centre.

Pre-Arrival

A leaflet is available and information is on the Home Page of the website.
The Museum is accessible by road, in the centre of West Mersea village. Drive through the village down the High Street and turn left immediately in front of the Parish Church.

The location is: High Street
West Mersea
Mersea Island
Essex
CO5 8QD

There is a link to a map on the Home Page.
The nearest bus stop is 300 metres away, with regular bus services from Colchester - First National No. 67. This bus stop is the terminus for the service.
The nearest railway stations are in Colchester, 9 or 11 miles away.

Mersea is an island and the tide may cover the road and stop you getting here for an hour or so. If high tide is between about 11.30am and about 4pm then there is chance it will be over the road. You can look up tide times on www.stroodcam.co.uk

Arrival and Car Parking Facilities

There is limited car parking at the Museum for disabled visitors. The car park is surfaced with tar and pebbles. A public car park is available about 400 metres away, behind the library off the High Street. It is free for the first hour but you must take a ticket.

Museum Admission Charges:

ADULTS £1.00
CHILDREN
(under 5 years old are free)
    50p

Main Entrance and Reception

Opening hours:
2pm to 5pm.
Weekends and weekdays Wednesday to Friday inclusive (also Bank Holiday Mondays). The Museum is open during the summer season commencing on 1st May 2015 and closing 27 September 2015.
School and Group visits can be organised outside the usual hours during the season.
The Resource Centre is open Saturdays fortnightly during the winter months. See EVENTS for dates.

There are no steps in the museum and access is by double doors with easy wheelchair access. Entrance to the building is through the porch area on the left hand side of the building, and reception is then on the right. If you need help, there is a push button to the right of the main entrance doors.

Public Areas

All the exhibition areas are on the ground floor with easy wheelchair access. Seating is available in the hall and in the Resource Centre. The approach to the building is through a pleasant area with seating on either side and water for dogs (only Guide Dogs are allowed in the museum building).

Public WCs

There are 3 toilets, one of them for disabled use.
Hand washing facilities are located outside the toilets and also inside the disabled toilet.

Refreshments

Drinks and refreshments are not available in the Museum. There are cafes, a pub (currently closed!), church, Post Office, bank and shops within 400 metres.

Shop

The Museum has a shop with a varied selection of books, postcards, souvenirs and mementos. We do not have credit card facilities.

Grounds and Gardens

The area in front of the Museum contains gardens, exhibits and seating.

Contact Information

Telephone 01206-385191 during opening hours.
Email to Info@MerseaMuseum.org.uk
Website www.merseamuseum.org.uk


Copyright Mersea Island Museum Trust 2017
Page updated 14th June 2015