Combined Military Services Museum

Combined Military Services Museum

Combined Military Services Museum
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Military MuseumsSpeciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Open 7 days a week during the school holidays. Experience a journey through British military history beginning on the brutal medieval battlefields, through the Crimean & Napoleonic Wars and, WWI & WWII to current day conflicts. Discover the secretive worlds of Spies, their gadgets, weapons and disguises. Learn about Special Forces, the Special Operations Executive and their 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 the dairies of British Soldiers. See swords, armour, missiles and so much more! Discover Britain's Military History by seeing only genuine artefacts.
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  • David S
    7 contributions
    Great way to spend an afternoon
    The museum has an enormous collection of quality weapons, uniforms, armour, military equipment etc. Many of the exhibits are extremely rare. The staff at the museum are very friendly and knowledgeble. We were given a guided tour by David Nower whose knowledge of all the exhibits was outstanding. He had no problem answering all our questions often with a great sense of humour. I would heartily recommend a visit to this extremely and impressive museum. Finally I would add that it is great value for money. The entry fee is very low by today's standards
    Thank you so much for your kid words and we are very glad you enjoyed your visit. David will be delighted to know he was appreciated.
    Written 29 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Birthdaygirl01
    63 contributions
    Who else needs to see a spider helmet?
    I am usually just tagging along with my husband at this type of museum. But the historical range of the items on display, with yellow signs flagging the most rare and unusual, together with interesting stories accompanying the displays made this a real hidden treasure of Maldon. Well worth seeking out.
    Thank you for your kind words - we are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Everyone needs to see a spider helmet!
    Written 29 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Tess
    15 contributions
    Wow! What a fantastic collection!
    An excellent museum. We were recommended to visit this museum by friends and we were pleasantly surprised at how amazing this place is. The collection is incredible and with each item clearly labelled, it was perfect to learn about every item in the museum. Look out for the yellow signs, as these are rare items with an interesting story behind the item. We thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it to friends. Thank you for a great afternoon, it's definitely worth a visit. Accompanied is a photo of us trying on a couple armour helmets... if there's something there to try/do, we will! Haha!
    Thanks you for your review and photo. We are glad you had fun at the museum and thank you for telling your friends, that is what we rely on. Do bring lots more visitors!
    Written 5 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
  • The little nomad
    Witham, United Kingdom28 contributions
    Excellent museum and collection
    Excellent museum. Hidden away, we live nearby and never knew about it. Fantastic collection and learnt a lot. Took our toddler. Opportunity to learn about and hold historical weapons was also great. The guy at the information desk (sorry can’t remember his name) was so knowledgeable and very welcoming!
    Thanks for your review. We try to make sure everyone enjoys their visit so I will pass on your comments to the team and hopefully you will come again and bring all your friends!
    Written 5 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Claire M
    33 contributions
    An amazing amount of military memorabilia.
    Surprised by this little gem of a museum. It's well worth a visit. It is full of memorabilia from all conflicts. We loved learning about Peter Mason and his SAS antics as well as a lot more. Just the right amount of information on the cards. Beautifully displayed artefacts. Staff were really friendly and happy to chat and answer questions. Thank you for a lovely day out. Only a 5 minute drive to the Quay for a lovely lunch.
    Thanks for your kind review, we are so glad you enjoyed what the museum has to offer. Hope you come again.
    Written 16 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2023
  • Adam J
    2 contributions
    Amazing
    I was welcomed swiftly at reception by on of their staff. I began to walk around and two fantastic staff members began explaining everything to me. Stuart and Paul. Their wealth of knowledge was truly mesmerising. Fantastic for anyone in the family, a lot of history very well explained. At the end we were allowed the opportunity to handle some weapons and talked through it by Alex who to say, ‘knew his stuff’ would be an understatement. Upon exit I spoke to the manager who was also fantastic and passionate about the collection.
    Thanks for your kind words. I have passed on your review to my hard working staff and volunteers, a good review makes all the difference. Do come again.
    Written 16 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 May 2023
  • CA
    296 contributions
    Accessible with excellent staff and volunteers
    My disabled father-in-law was most impressed with the staff and volunteers at the Combined Military Services Museum. They were caring and considerate, opened the doors for him as he arrived, put ramps over the threshold and helped operate the lift enabling him to access all the floors. They showed genuine interest in his active service, listened to him and together held meaningful conversations on the contents of the collections. The museum was spotlessly clean. Full of interesting artefacts. It was a pleasure to visit.
    Thankyou for your review. We always try to make our visitors feel welcome. Do come again.
    Written 10 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Andrew T
    3 contributions
    Mr K H’s Troop Trip review
    Eight of us all former Junior Leaders in the army visited as part of our reunion. On arrival we were welcomed and given an overview of the museum. The museum is well laid out, spotlessly clean and a fantastic collection of items to view. We were absorbed by what was there our visit lasted 2 and a 1/2 hours. The small arms collection was second to none with some vary rare and specialised weapons on show. The uniforms and indeed all of the collection were well displayed and labelled with some great background. The shop has a nice offer of books and merchandise. If you are in Essex or Suffolk this is a great place for a trip out to and if on holiday in the local area an absolute must. The staff were helpful, knew their stuff and friendly. A massive thank you to everyone at the museum and we all agreed how good this museum is.
    Hi, thanks for your kind review. I’m so glad you enjoyed your group visit.
    Written 10 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 September 2023
  • The_Coach55
    Ruislip, United Kingdom938 contributions
    Diverse Collection of Militaria
    The museum is situated around half a mile from the centre of Maldon on the other side of the River Chelmer. It contains a vast collection of various types of military equipment throughout the ages from the English Civil War to present day. Lots of uniforms and weapons on show as well. I particularly liked the story of the baby in a nearby village named Zeppelina after an unsuccessful raid by one of those airships during World War I. There was a very informative portrayal of Operation Frankton from the 1942 World War II mission by the Cockleshell Heroes who bravely attached limpet mines to German craft in the Gironde estuary near Bordeaux. I enjoyed the espionage section with a Soviet map of Essex complete with place names in Cyrillic. I spent a most pleasant couple of hours here and learned much about conflicts throughout the ages. Admission fee is £9.50 and concessions for those over 65 is £8.50. The staff were most helpful and very pleasant too.
    Thankyou for your review. I’m so pleased you liked our museum. We are very proud of it. Do come again
    Written 10 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Shannie E
    Bridlington, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Fantastic place to visit
    What an amazing place. My husband and 1 visited the museum expecting to be in there about an hour. 3 hours later and there was still lots to see. The size of the place is deceptive as it is spread over 3 floors, all jam packed full of exhibits from hundreds of years ago to the present day. Everything is displayed superbly and there is so much information available. The staff are fantastic and so knowledgeable if you need to ask any questions. It was our first visit, but will definitely be back!!
    Thankyou so much for your review. I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come again.
    Written 10 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
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Shannie E
Bridlington, UK13 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
What an amazing place. My husband and 1 visited the museum expecting to be in there about an hour. 3 hours later and there was still lots to see. The size of the place is deceptive as it is spread over 3 floors, all jam packed full of exhibits from hundreds of years ago to the present day. Everything is displayed superbly and there is so much information available. The staff are fantastic and so knowledgeable if you need to ask any questions. It was our first visit, but will definitely be back!!
Written 25 October 2023
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Thankyou so much for your review. I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come again.
Written 10 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

The_Coach55
Ruislip, UK938 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The museum is situated around half a mile from the centre of Maldon on the other side of the River Chelmer.

It contains a vast collection of various types of military equipment throughout the ages from the English Civil War to present day.

Lots of uniforms and weapons on show as well.

I particularly liked the story of the baby in a nearby village named Zeppelina after an unsuccessful raid by one of those airships during World War I.

There was a very informative portrayal of Operation Frankton from the 1942 World War II mission by the Cockleshell Heroes who bravely attached limpet mines to German craft in the Gironde estuary near Bordeaux.

I enjoyed the espionage section with a Soviet map of Essex complete with place names in Cyrillic.

I spent a most pleasant couple of hours here and learned much about conflicts throughout the ages.

Admission fee is £9.50 and concessions for those over 65 is £8.50.

The staff were most helpful and very pleasant too.
Written 21 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thankyou for your review. I’m so pleased you liked our museum. We are very proud of it. Do come again
Written 10 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andrew T
3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Eight of us all former Junior Leaders in the army visited as part of our reunion. On arrival we were welcomed and given an overview of the museum.

The museum is well laid out, spotlessly clean and a fantastic collection of items to view. We were absorbed by what was there our visit lasted 2 and a 1/2 hours.

The small arms collection was second to none with some vary rare and specialised weapons on show. The uniforms and indeed all of the collection were well displayed and labelled with some great background.

The shop has a nice offer of books and merchandise.

If you are in Essex or Suffolk this is a great place for a trip out to and if on holiday in the local area an absolute must.

The staff were helpful, knew their stuff and friendly.

A massive thank you to everyone at the museum and we all agreed how good this museum is.
Written 10 September 2023
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Hi, thanks for your kind review. I’m so glad you enjoyed your group visit.
Written 10 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

CA
296 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
My disabled father-in-law was most impressed with the staff and volunteers at the Combined Military Services Museum. They were caring and considerate, opened the doors for him as he arrived, put ramps over the threshold and helped operate the lift enabling him to access all the floors.

They showed genuine interest in his active service, listened to him and together held meaningful conversations on the contents of the collections.

The museum was spotlessly clean. Full of interesting artefacts. It was a pleasure to visit.

Written 3 September 2023
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Thankyou for your review. We always try to make our visitors feel welcome. Do come again.
Written 10 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Krystal
Norfolk, UK7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Gorgeous collection of military wares and equipment. Well behaved dogs welcome and very friendly team members that are very knowledgeable.
Written 24 August 2023
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Thank you very much for your review - we hope you will come again.
Written 31 August 2023
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Jo S
St albans4 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
We visited this museum following a google search. Visited with my autistic son who has a special interest in military history. We have visited lots of military museums countrywide but this one stands out by far. The collection is vast, it
is incredible that this is one persons collection. My son was amazed at what he could see and he learned a lot. The information boards are simple and to the point which was good for him. We will be back when we can as we live over an hour away. Thanks for a great day out.
Written 4 June 2023
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Thank you for your review. We are glad you and your son enjoyed visiting us. We hope you will come again soon.
Written 16 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

sepia1957
Colchester, UK16 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
I Organised for some of our rifle club members to visit. Staff were very helpful, informative and friendly. This annual event was amazing... drills performed from first world war 1 soldiers whose knowledge of the equipment used in the war(s) was excellent, the museum was full to bursting with amazing artifacts and to top it all the co founder and patron Bruce Crompton (yup him off the TV) was there chatting to us. The weather was fantastic so we all had the most amazing day and sooooo cheap to get in. A must see for any military enthusiasts. Highly recommended.
Written 28 May 2023
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We are so glad you enjoyed your day with us. Hope you come back soon
Written 16 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Maura O
1 contribution
May 2023 • Friends
It was an outing for Eagles Cubs. It was an amazing visit, the museum leaders were so knowledgable, kind to the Cubs and engaged them with their interesting facts.
We were SO proud of our Cubs for listening so well throughout, but it was due to the interesting ways they relayed the facts to them all.
Cannot praise the whole experience enough.
Well done to the Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon !
So many will be retuning because it was so good.
Many thanks from us all.
Written 20 May 2023
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Thank you for your review, we are delighted your group enjoyed their visit. I have passed your kind words on to the staff.
Written 16 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Adam J
2 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
I was welcomed swiftly at reception by on of their staff. I began to walk around and two fantastic staff members began explaining everything to me. Stuart and Paul. Their wealth of knowledge was truly mesmerising. Fantastic for anyone in the family, a lot of history very well explained. At the end we were allowed the opportunity to handle some weapons and talked through it by Alex who to say, ‘knew his stuff’ would be an understatement. Upon exit I spoke to the manager who was also fantastic and passionate about the collection.
Written 12 May 2023
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Thanks for your kind words. I have passed on your review to my hard working staff and volunteers, a good review makes all the difference. Do come again.
Written 16 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Claire M
33 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Surprised by this little gem of a museum. It's well worth a visit. It is full of memorabilia from all conflicts. We loved learning about Peter Mason and his SAS antics as well as a lot more. Just the right amount of information on the cards. Beautifully displayed artefacts. Staff were really friendly and happy to chat and answer questions. Thank you for a lovely day out. Only a 5 minute drive to the Quay for a lovely lunch.
Written 10 May 2023
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Thanks for your kind review, we are so glad you enjoyed what the museum has to offer. Hope you come again.
Written 16 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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