What visitors say about Mersea Museum

27 June 2022

Lots of interesting things about the island, wonderful informed local volunteers.

Susan Jeffrey on Google Reviews

26 May 2022

Amazing amount of history is on display, everything from mammoth bones, bison, to iron age and Roman era. All the way up to now. Definitely worth a look if you have the time.

Kyal Devil on Google Reviews

14 September 2021

Most excellent little local museum, full of local history right back to the bronze age.

Nigel Vince on Google Reviews

21 August 2021

Excellent, when I took my granddaughters. A nice man gave them a clip board with things to find and comment on in the Museum. They really enjoyed finding the items and the staff joined in and helped them with their hunt.

Sue Ryall on Google Reviews

29 July 2018

Mersea Island Museum is small but perfectly formed. It is packed to the gunwales with objects ranging from Roman cremation burial artefacts to mammoth vertebrae, 1950s toys and a duck punt. Excellent temporary display of vintage clothing. It's a comprehensive history of Mersea (or Meres ig!) and I'm certain that everyone would find objects or stories that they are interested in! I'm not sure that I could chose a favourite object.... there are so many interesting things (I'm also sure that we didn't see everything - objects, pictures, etc. are from floor to ceiling!!!). I was surprised to learn new things about the Strood, despite having known Mersea all of my life. Lots of thoughtful activities for young ones - our 4 year old was amused. Fantastic (volunteer!?) staff that were keen to further our understanding! Well worth the £1 admission.

Looking forward to seeing the exhibition for the Bronze Age boardwalk & going on a Sat afternoon walking tour.

Thanks for a lovely visit

Corinne Nash on Facebook

July 2018 - Small by delightful local museum

Walking in to this small museum was like stepping into the past. Not a bright, shining new museum but one of those old-fashioned ones put together by local people. Has a variety of exhibits, some dating back to Roman times. Entrance fee is low and the people who run the museum are very nice. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

22 May 2018 - Lovely unexpected gem

Our total experience at this lovely small museum was brilliant from start to finish. We were met at the door by the most lovely staff, a man and a woman who could not have been more helpful or accommodating, even letting us place our bags and coats behind the counter while we looked around. The museum is lovely and although small is packed full of interesting artefacts and well explained throughout. We especially loved the roman burial jars and had never seen anything like them so it was a real treat to have the time to look around and read everything in an unhurried and pleasant setting. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who keep this place running. If we return to Mersea I will definitely come back again.

10 September 2017 - Heritage Open Days at Mersea Barrow

I can finally tick The Mersea Barrow off my bucket list, had a wonderful afternoon, thank you so much to the wonderful Museum Staff and volunteers.

We managed to get to barrow hill today. Can I just say how much my son and me enjoyed it. A big thanks to the mersea lions and also thanks to the lady who told us the history. Also thanks to the lovely lady who took us on tour inside Thanks again for the open weekend.

We visited today and left just enough time to make it back to the Museum to view the glass cremation bowl and burial. Exceeded expectations and can't wait until the next open day for another visit.

[ and many more - it was a busy weekend with about 350 visitors. ]

September 2017 [ Google Reviews ]

Lots of interesting local artefacts and enjoyable for all the family. Friendly and helpful volunteers who also run a small well stocked gift shop.

Truly lovely and fascinating piece of history, something to suite everyone.

31 July 2017

Many thanks for looking after the Bures Local History group so well today, we were very impressed with the museum and the guided walks were most informative. You are very fortunate to have such a helpful team, many of our group want to come back to see more of the Island.

[ We have several visits each year from groups such as this. They are often combined with a Guided Walk or a visit to Mersea Barrow. ]

May 2017

A small museum, but well worth a visit.
Currently it only costs £1 for Adults and 50p for children over 5 years of age. Open 2pm-5pm.
I found it a very interesting and informative visit detailing the local history of the island everything from pre Roman times to fairly modern day. An Audio commentary is available for more of a personal guided tour experience. The staff that work there are passionate about the local history and preserving it for future generations and are very friendly and helpful.

17 October 2016

What a fantastic Museum. So much to see of the heritage of Mersea, done by a variety of different people who have given their specialist knowledge of their subject with love, skill and time to pass on to the next generation.

Preserving heritage is the foundation of who we are.

Your little Museum is a credit to all who contribute to it.

It is a fantastic resource for tourism, local learning and the centre of your community.

Your Museum may be small but the knowledge in it is great.

Julian & Maria Worcestershire - (Staying at Coopers Beach & hoping to return)

2 October 2016

Popped into the West Mersea Museum yesterday, to have a warm welcome from the dedicated, local people, who give their time to run it. Having been brought up there as a child, I was keen to learn more. We went on the history tour, which was not only very informative but also only a minimal fee. We would thoroughly recommend it. We ran out of time to look round the museum but will certainly return soon.