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Colchester's Natural History Museum

High Street, Colchester CO1 1DN, England
+44 1206 282941
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Favourite place to be

Just im front of castle park, free museum is must visit! Old church so eyes catching, stuffed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kristina K
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Cute

A small and cute natural history museum in a really old church opposite the castle. Don’t make a... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2018
Dominic F
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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.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average21%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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High Street, Colchester CO1 1DN, England
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+44 1206 282941
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"stuffed animals"
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"old church"
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"opposite the castle"
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"free entry"
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"rainy day"
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"glass cases"
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"on display"
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"interesting displays"
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"i've visited"
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"all ages"
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"worth a visit"
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"microscope"
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"fossils"
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"dioramas"
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"information"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just im front of castle park, free museum is must visit! Old church so eyes catching, stuffed animlas, bones and play are for little ones. Alwayd happy to see how much love its are put led around, as even exebitions are changed. Very interesting and...More

Thank Kristina K
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

A small and cute natural history museum in a really old church opposite the castle. Don’t make a day of it, but do visit it

Thank Dominic F
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Popped in here whilst in town before Christmas. Always nice to wander around in here although not much seemed to have changed since last time I went in, which was a good few years ago now. I suspect not many people either know it's here,...More

Thank sfmann106
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

The museum is in a disused church, all at one level, and focuses on the local nature. The displays are mostly glass boxes with stuffed birds and animals in a mock up of their habitats. There are a few hands on interactive displays for young...More

Thank Andy E
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

This small (single level) museum in an old church has a lot of stuffed animals and plenty of fossils. It is free and has enough information to keep you busy for an hour or so.

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

My husband and I had been saying we should check this place out for months and so glad we finally went. Our 2 year old son absolutely loved it as there were so many things for him to interact with. Yes it is small but...More

1  Thank Louise P
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

This museum was okay for a quick look. It's not very big, and the exhibits need updating / fixing. The kids enjoyed using the microscope and peering into holes to spot animals. There is a River Colne display coming in 2018, which would be good...More

Thank neith2017
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Lovely little museum, punching well above its weight and completely free (though well worth a donation). It has items of interest and interactive items, both for kids and the young at heart. It is a bit out of the way, you have to park a...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

went there to have a look great things about romans in Colchester and its free to go in and look about

Thank Alison G
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Housed in a disused church, opposite the castle, this is a lovely little museum. Its free to get in, but please leave a little donation. Nice natural history exhibits, nicely laid out. A section devoted to the infamous earthquake, the great flood. Nice little shop....More

2  Thank alisdair t
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Joshua W
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Response from Ken C | Reviewed this property |
No, it's a small museum in a former church. However, there are several within a short walk.
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