Harwich Museum

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open weekend

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.

It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.


Harwich’s wartime claim to fame, its role in Kindertransport is covered. There are displays about local sporting achievements, industry and other times of war, and the ferries that made Harwich famous. There are books of picture postcards to flick through, a mini cinema to watch films on, and much more. And there’s a tea-room, and shop.