Vestry House Museum is a history museum in Walthamstow, focusing on the heritage of the local area. The collection includes various artifacts dating from the Victorian Era to the 20th Century including numerous archived documents and photographs.
Vestry House was originally built as a workhouse and was later used as a police station and also as private housing (amongst the exhibits is a replica police cell demonstrating one of the building's previous uses). The building became a museum in 1931.
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Lynda Smith | Feb 26, 2018
Having been born & bred in Walthamstow but not lived there since 1976 I was visiting The William Morris Gallery but finding it closed my niece & I decided to go Vestry House Museum & we were so glad we did ! It's a fascinating place, with many exhibits & the history of my home town was so interesting. I had no idea that the museum started as a work house & was later a Police Station. We spent a happy hour looking at everything & reading about the history. There is a garden which in Spring must be lovely. I'll definitely be visiting again. The staff are very friendly, welcoming & knowledgeable.
Rachel Mason | Mar 29, 2018
Had a lovely browse around the Museum, first being greeted by a very welcoming and knowledgeable staff member and then were left to wander round as we wanted! Lovely if you want to absorb a little history from the area!
Gen Ford | Jan 26, 2018
Excellent local museum. Walthamstow is the home of many firsts which can all be discovered at the Vestry House Museum - first powered car built in England, first powered flight took place on Walthamstow marshes, in Tudor times Walthamstow was a holiday destination! Come and have a look - fascinating!
Mary McCartan | Apr 5, 2018
A beautiful museum with a lovely garden. Easy to access and we'll kept.
Murray Cowell | Feb 18, 2018
Small museum packed with really interesting exhibits. Spent a couple of hours here and learned a lot about the local area.
Sharon Robinson | Jun 7, 2018
An enjoyable local museum to visit with my child. There are interesting exhibitions, regular events like Filmbites, a shop & a modern extension to the building adjacent to gorgeous gardens.
Robert Hall | Jun 30, 2018
A varied and interesting local museum , friendly and informative staff, was originally a Workhouse and later a police station. Full of what you would expect and more , many interesting items that I didn't expect. Thoroughly enjoyable, as with all these local museums why are they not advertised more, well worth a visit , with the added bonus of St Marys church and atmospheric graveyard on the way.
Nicholas Fripp | May 18, 2018
A great place. A historic building in itself, a walk around the perimeter is very nearly as interesting as the contents. Paradise for me, because I saw some of my very favourite toys from my childhood on display there. This was closed on my last visit so I am withholding a 🌟 until I see them again. I withdraw another for the presence of the Bremer c*r, but will award this when the law that was current when it was on the road is restored. Given that the average speed of traffic is about walking pace, it makes sense to have a human with a red flag walking in front of each vehicle. Answers as to why it was repealed and the consequences of this action on a postcard please
Estela Procopiou | Jul 25, 2018
I came here with my mother in law while she was visiting over for Easter. This is a great and well kept museum in Walthamstow.
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