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Combined Military Services Museum

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Address: Carriage House Station Road, Maldon CM9 4LQ, England
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+44 1621 841826
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Wed - Sun 10:30 - 17:00
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Experience a journey through British military history beginning on the...

Experience a journey through British military history beginning on the brutal medieval battlefields, through the Crimean & Napoleonic Wars, through WW1 & WW2 to current day conflicts. Discover the secretive worlds of Spies, their gadgets, weapons and disguises. Learn about Special Forces, SOE and their brave, daring operations. See stunning displays of combat uniforms; be astonished by one of Europe's largest public display of Firearms. Squirm at the medical equipment used on battlefields and learn the personal stories behind the medals and the weapons. Read intimate accounts from dairies of British Soldiers. Dress up in the heavy pieces of armour worn in days gone by; carry some of the equipment of soldiers of today. Tanks, Swords, Armour, Missiles and so much more! Discover Britain's Military History by seeing only genuine period artefacts. End the day with a fun visit to Promenade Park or a delicious Cream Tea at Heybridge Basin.

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excellent and informative

Visited with 2 young boys who loved all the models and displays. The person at reception was very helpful and gave us a back ground to the museum and its owner. The SAS and gun... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited with 2 young boys who loved all the models and displays. The person at reception was very helpful and gave us a back ground to the museum and its owner. The SAS and gun displays was amazing

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Signposted by English Electric Thunderbird missile parked in the forecourt, you enter the unassuming building into an Aladdin's cave of British Military history thoughtfully and creatively displayed across three floors. Just about everything you can imagine along with a good deal more that you cannot! Covering periods from the medieval through Napoleonic, Cold War up to the modern day. Three... More 

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Thank Gorght
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tucked away, but still easy to find. Apparently one man's collection, and pretty amazing considered. Impressed afterwards, but left wondering just how you get into collecting tanks, SAM missiles, machine guns etc. Do you pick them up as an afterthought post bread and milk shopping, or do ASDA etc have some sort of specialised sale? And how many points for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It’s not very big, but it has plenty of things to see. Takes probably about two hours to see it all. I particularly liked all the spy-stuff.

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Thank jeroend883
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

It is hard to know where to start but I will try - if you want to see a comprehensive overview of British military history shoe-horned thoughtfully and creatively into one small place then visit the CMSM. The team there clearly understand their subject and they have found exhibits to cover every aspect their field. There is almost too much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

A excellent museum, visited after a friend recommended it and it was well worth the visit. Three floor full of, genuine, British military history. From the outside, the building doesn't look that big but we were surprised when we got inside. Medieval armour, swords and spears, muskets, bayonets, uniforms and a huge firearms display. If you like special forces this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Don't donate medals as they've been known to sell them! I repeat, don't donate medals as they may sell them.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

From the outside this museum looks small but it is an interesting Aladdins cave inside. Friendly welcoming lady to welcome you & give an overview of the contents. So many exhibits in such a small space covering armed forces history from medival times to present day. We learnt things we never knew or guessed at. Artefacts of SOE operators still... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Nice place to visit if you interested in military arms. Lot of history and weapons in a small place. Once you get to Maldon just follow the brown tank signs. It's on the opposite side of the round about from Tesco.

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Thank Joatmon67
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I have been to Maldonado quite a few times, but had neglected to ever go here until recently. What an absolute gem in the heart of an industrial estate! Such an unassuming place, but with an incredible collection of exhibits. I was very surprised about the amount of 1500-1600s items, and some incredible armour was on display. The next room... More 

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