Natural History Museum

What you can seePlan your visit

Visiting the Natural History Museum

 

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For the continued safety and comfort of our visitors and staff we request the wearing of face coverings whilst visiting, unless you are exempt.

Please respect others’ personal space whilst visiting our sites, and be mindful when in ‘tighter’ spaces.

Please be mindful that our interactives are for the enjoyment of everyone, so use hand sanitiser before and after use.

Welcome

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

The Building

The museum is housed in the former All Saints Church. The nave and chancel are thought to be Norman, while the windows are typically gothic. The north aisle and tower were added more recently.

The Collections

The Natural History collections focus on Britain and north-east Essex in particular.

Did you know that there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Or that mammoths and hippos used to roam this area?

Interactive Displays

Discover local wildlife, peek in a badgers sett and hear the roar of a mammoth. Even though some of our interactive displays are temporarily unavailable, there’s still plenty to explore!

Our Shop

We’ve got a range of nature inspired treats for every budget. Why not take home a piece of history millions of years old, or make your school stationary the envy of the whole classroom!

Win a Family Guardian Membership + After Hours Experience

 

We are looking to redevelop the Natural History Museum and need your help to better understand how the space is currently used and what it might look like in the future. 

Our survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and every response is extremely helpful. Your feedback is anonymous and you will not be asked to provide any further comments.

As a thank you for sharing your thoughts, we’re offering the chance to win a Family Guardian Membership + an After Hours experience at Colchester Castle, worth £120!

Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Sunday
11am – 5pm

Mondays
Closed

 

Children

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Free Admission

Booking not required

 

Getting Around

Shop

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.

 

Access

Access At Natural History

Whether you want to know when the museum is quieter, what to expect when you arrive or what facilities we have, simply follow the link below to find out more.

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, please contact us on 01206 282941 or email museums@colchester.gov.uk and our team will be happy to help. 

Where will your adventure start?