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The museum tells the story of the history of the police in Essex from the Victorians to modern day. It was set up as a charity (charity No. 1042055) in 1992 to provide a home for the historical items belonging to Essex Police. We now have over 30,000 items in the collection consisting of objects, photos and paper documents. Our aim is to preserve the history of Essex Police while making learning and exploration fun for all ages. We have children's activities running every opening so there's plenty to keep them entertained while you have a look around.

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Essex Police Museum
Essex Police Headquarters
CM2 6DN Chelmsford

Museum type(s)

History & Anthropology Specialized & Alternative


Local Miscellaneous War Profession & Craft Automotive Industrial heritage

Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Sunday Closed


The museum has reopened after the covid-19 lockdown. We are now able to offer free pre-booked personal family tours on Saturdays. For all information and booking:

More opening hours


Normal rate Free


The museum offers optional children's activities priced at £1-£2. For more details please visit our events page on our website.

More admission


  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Child friendly

  • Credit card

  • Parking


Essex Police Headquarters, Chelmsford, England


Permanent exhibitions

Identifying Criminals

Identifying Criminals

Confiscated items and real-life evidence show what's left behind after a crime. Can you find all the evidence in our 1970s crime scene reconstruction?
Policing in World War I

Policing in World War I

Discover the origins of the Special Constabulary and learn about Zeppelin raids in Essex.
Policing in World War II

Policing in World War II

Take a look at how air raids impacted policing, the dangers faced by officers and the equipment they carried.
The Moat Farm Murder

The Moat Farm Murder

How did we identify victims and offenders before modern-day science? We'll find out with this real-life Essex crime.
The Murder of PC Gutteridge

The Murder of PC Gutteridge

Take a look at the first ever case in the UK to use forensic ballistics as conclusive evidence in court.
The Southend-On-Sea Constabulary

The Southend-On-Sea Constabulary

Did you know that Southend-On-Sea had it's own police force from 1914 to 1969?
Traffic Police

Traffic Police

See an original 1960s Noddy Bike, learn how it got it's name and discover how policing traffic has changed.
Victorian Policing

Victorian Policing

A look at some of the equipment and jail conditions in Essex during Victorian times.
Women In Policing

Women In Policing

An interesting look at the changes to the roles, responsibilities and equipment for women from 1918 through to modern-day.

All exhibitions


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