Colchester Natural History Museum

Housed in the unusual setting of the former All Saints Church in 1957, the Museum looks at the rich natural heritage of north-east Essex

A fascinating chance to get closer to nature.  Find out about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change.

Did you know that there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884?  Or that mammoths and hippos used to roam this area?  Discover more about open salt marshes, beaches and the creatures that lurk beneath your feet.  Crawl through the badger sett, stroke the friendly fox and enjoy many hands-on activities.

Colchester Natural History Museum Opening hours Mon-Sat 1000-1700 Sun 1100-1700

There are hands-on-displays, live animals plus a churchyard nature reserve and a well stocked shop. So if you’ve interested about the wildlife in Colchester and that includes you! It’s free!

Season Dates and Opening Hours
Season Dates Opening Hours
Notes Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 11.00 to 17.00.
Natural History Museum Tel: 01206 282941


Natural History MuseumHigh Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN

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Map reference: TL 998251  Lat: 51.88936  Long: 0.90277

The Natural History Museum is situated on the High Street opposite the Castle.

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