The Harwich Railway and Shipping Museum

The Harwich Railway & Shipping Museum

The Museum is housed in the Harwich Town station buildings which opened just three years after the Great Eastern Railway in 1865. Over the past two years the buildings have undergone a massive transformation; they have been configured to show the GER station at Harwich Town as it would have looked internally in 1924. This date was chosen to coincide with the official opening of the train ferry branch line on April 24th 1924 by Prince George Duke of Kent.

The Museum is currently housed in ten rooms in the North Wing and South wing of the station with an archive room to follow shortly.

The Museum, curated by local rail enthusiast Bob Clow from his own lifetime acquisitions, displays a unique collection, never before seen by the public.

Highlights include:

+ Original uniforms

+ The largest collection of tickets from the Harwich branch line in existence and includes a set of paper tickets from the very first train in August 1854

+ Original railway posters

+ Original items of furniture

Items are being added to the collection all of the time.

Opening Hours

The Museum will be open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. However, we reserve the right to close in extenuating circumstances, please view our twitter for updates on openings.

There are lots of exciting opportunities for volunteers to get involved with the Museum and the Heritage Centre as a whole.

Please see the Volunteering page for an application form or Contact Us for details.


Admission is on a donation basis, with a £1 minimum suggested donation. If you are a UK taxpayer, please help us further by completing a Gift Aid Declaration form.

Groups are very welcome, please book in advance with