Visiting the Natural History Museum
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.
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
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.
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.