Mini Museum Explorers

Our popular under 5s Mini Museum Explorer sessions are also available for group bookings! Suitable for groups (max 25) of children aged 3 to 5, along with their supervising adults from preschools, nurseries, reception classes and home school groups.  

These themed interactive sessions encourage curiosity and exploration and stimulate conversations that aid learning and development. Sessions are led by museum staff at the Colchester Natural History Museum, which is a perfect environment for our youngest visitors to discover the world of science and history and much more through story, explorative play, craft, and guided activities.  

More Information

Group Mini Museum Explorers 

These 90-minute sessions are based around a theme of your choice from the list below. Each will start with a story related to the theme, and then children embark on museum exploration, hands-on learning, and play. Adult-led tasks will support the children’s learning from objects from the museum’s collection and more open-ended opportunities for role-play, small world, craft, and fine motor development, all based on the theme.

Choose from:

Rocks, fossils and dinosaurs
Baby animals
Seeds and plants


Colchester Natural History Museum


90 minutes


£3.50 per child


Coach Drop Off

Book Now

Contact Us

Things to Note

All school, nursery, and group visits must be booked in advance. To enquire about a visit or to make a booking, please contact us. Our team can reserve a date for you at the time of booking, but please note that the visit will not be confirmed until you receive a booking form.

If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at least 14 working days before your visit. If you do not give the required notice, charges will be incurred.

We are now invoicing all school groups for their visits. Invoices will follow approximately 20 working days from the date of your trip. The number of children indicated on the booking form is approximate. You will only be charged for the number of children who visit on the day. A minimum charge may apply.

Prices indicated are a guide and are subject to change.

Schools Newsletter



Keep up to date with our latest educational offers and projects by subscribing to our schools mailing list. You’ll receive regular emails with the latest news from Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum.

What's On


Discover something new in Colchester. Browse the diary to find fun, family-friendly events all year round.

Exhibitions + Displays

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


Where will your adventure start?