Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens is a historic and significant place with over 1000 years of captured history. This private estate formerly had a Manor House with many outbuildings, one being the stable block where the Museum is located today.
The museum’s gallery spaces share and highlight the history of the town from the Iron Age to the present day. The site is also home to three historical gardens set across two acres of lush green space. There is a new discovery around every corner, family activities and a seating area perfect for picnics.
On your visit you can find out about Harlow’s influential people, uncover the amazing finds excavated from Harlow’s Roman Temple site, learn the history of the changing culture of the Parishes, see a unique collection of historic bicycles, discover how Harlow became a New Town and much more!
The Museum has at least 40,000 artefacts, the majority of which have been acquired by public donation, mainly from Harlow Town residents. The objects are representative of the personal, social, domestic, and industrial development of the town and its inhabitants.
The Walled Gardens
Explore the Unusual Fruit Garden, the 17th Century Garden and Peace Garden set across two acres of lush green space with beautiful landscaping with sculptures and outdoor seating.Find out more
See the treasures excavated from the Roman Temple site in Stangrove Hill, learn about Romans in Harlow and find out how they lived.Find out more
Find out about Harlow’s development post WWII, including the growth of the town’s community, local industry, shopping, green spaces and sculptures.Find out more
Discover the John Collins Cycle collection, over 40 cycles on display ranging from one of the first bicycles made in England, Penny Farthings to the rare racing Quintette.Find out more
Movers and Shapers the Harlow Makers
Learn about influential people who lived and worked in Harlow and contributed to arts, science, sport and technological advances which have made an impact locally and globally.Find out more
Explore the five parishes which originally made up the land where Harlow Town now stands, including Potter Street, Latton, Netteswell, Little and Great Parndon.Find out more
Fossils and Rocks
See the earliest traces of the story of Harlow with fossils showing its Prehistoric and Neolithic history.Find out more
Library and Research
Study our archives, which range from newspaper records, 1950 to 2010s, to maps, drawings, oral histories, local photographs and parish records.Find out more
There are a wide variety of ways to get involved, whether you want to take up one of our volunteering opportunities or are looking to donate an artefact to the museum’s collection.Find out more
Harlow Museum offers bespoke and collaborative learning opportunities for all ages which can be tailored to schools, colleges, universities, families, community groups, young people or individuals with a passion to learn more.Find out more