Visiting the Natural History Museum
Our team are working hard to make sure that you and your family can safely enjoy the museum without worry. We are:
+ conducting regular cleaning.
+ limiting numbers, which means you may have to wait before we can allow you entry.
+ asking visitors to wear a face covering unless they are exempt.
+ encouraging visitors to respect others’ personal space whilst visiting our sites, and be mindful when in ‘tighter’ spaces
+ reminding visitors that our interactives are for the enjoyment of everyone and to use hand sanitiser before and after use.
Did you know that there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Or that mammoths and hippos used to roam this area?
Find out more about local wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change at this much-loved, family-friendly museum. Get up close to nature as you learn about stag beetles – a Colchester success story – and discover the secrets of the drowned world underneath the North Sea.
What You Can See
Plan Your Visit
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm
11am – 5pm
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Booking not required
Our museum shop offers a wide range of products, from craft kits for children to precious stones and fossils, cuddly toys to tools for nature-spotters. Whether you’re looking for a memento or the perfect gift, we have something for all tastes and budgets.