Welcome

With a unique mix of fascinating displays, the latest technology and hands-on activities, there is lots for your family to explore and discover across Colchester Museums’ three sites.

  • Explore the national story of Roman and Norman conquest, Boudiccan revolt and Civil War at Colchester Castle.
  • Enjoy the family friendly displays in Hollytrees Museum, a Beautiful Georgian townhouse set within the stunning Castle Park.
  • Find out about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change at the nearby Natural History Museum.

Where will your adventure start?

Venues

Colchester Castle

Visit the museum to have a go at building a Norman archway or steer a chariot.

Or maybe excavate a Roman doctor’s grave.

Hollytrees Museum

Meet many different characters from the past and experience Colchester’s fascinating history.

Discover what family life was life for the rich and the poor.

Natural History Museum

Did you know that there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884?

Or that mammoths and hippos used to roam this area?

Ancient Colchester App

The Ancient Colchester App allows you to wander around Colchester Town Centre on a Heritage Trail and bring historic sites to life.

Allowing you to explore and delve deeper into the rich heritage and historic sights of Colchester, the Colchester Heritage app is a handy guide, companion and fun-filled way to enrich your visit and bring the history to life.

Including a walking trail, augmented reality, 360 degree panoramic reconstructions, a fun based camera feature and a wealth of historical information there’s pretty much something for everyone.

What’s On

Events

Discover something new in Colchester.

Browse the diary to find fun, family-friendly events all year round. 

Exhibitions + Displays

Our programme aims to showcase the variety of the collections from art to archaeology, costume to clocks. 

Browse the diary to find out what you can see across Colchester Museums.

Where will your adventure start?