Natural History Museum Colchester | Day Out With The Kids

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Natural History Museum Colchester

  • Colchester
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

At Natural History Museum Colchester did you know that there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Or that mammoths and hippos used to live in this this area? Do you know what an eryngo root is? No? No excuses after a trip here!

Housed in the old All Saints Church building, the museum offers a great selection natural history exhibits preserved through the art of taxidermy, on which they sometimes hold temporary exhibitions too.

The highlights for most kids will be the interactive elements: you can crawl through the mock underground tunnels of a badger sett and see whom you can find living there (spoilers: it's not just the badger!), stroke a stuffed fox and peek through the Night Visitors Window! Plus the research trolley with relevant kids' books and things like magnifying glasses and a microscope can really help make kids feel welcome and keep their interest going.

There are accessible loos and baby change facilities but no refreshments sold or permitted on site: however you can always picnic in the Castle Park opposite or seek nutrition in the local cafes.

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DN, England

Phone number

01206 282941



Click here to visit Natural History Museum Colchester's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Natural History Museum Colchester is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Natural History Museum Colchester has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Natural History Museum Colchester has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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