* Please note, the Natural History Museum will be closed for Christmas from the 24th until 27th December. It will be open as usual from Saturday 28th December.
The Museum will close again for the day on Wednesday 1st January 2020. *
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
Colchester Museums was a winner in the 2019 Hoop Awards, scooping Best Holiday Workshops in Essex!
See What's On and come experience our range of family-friendly activities for yourself!
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Plan Your Visit
Tuesday – Saturday
10.00am – 5.00pm
11.00am – 5.00pm
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.