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Colchester's Natural History Museum

Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Good but dated

I have taken my children to this venue in the past and they are now in their forties. I now take... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Carla M
Small museum that could use some updating, but fun to wander through

This museum is located in one of Colchester's small disused churches. It is small and probably more... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2018
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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High Street, Colchester CO1 1DN, England
+44 1206 282941
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very nice little museam to visit alot of interesting facts to be found staff polite and helpfull i would return again if in the area the garden area set in an old church yard was very fasinating to walk around and had lots of facts...More

Thank glenpurdy80
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have taken my children to this venue in the past and they are now in their forties. I now take my grandchildren but it seems to have not changed in all those years. Really needs an update.

Thank Carla M
Reviewed 8 July 2018

This museum is located in one of Colchester's small disused churches. It is small and probably more fun for kids than adults. There are fossils, stuffed birds and animals, exhibits on various geological time periods and climate change, and some interesting stories about major weather...More

Thank barbara361
Reviewed 17 June 2018

This place often has special days laid on during the holidays to educate and entertain children (of all ages), sometimes even live animals.

Thank Regina W
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Not merely a refuge in poor weather, this is a delight on a simple "human scale"; for it gives an overview in manageable portions of local history with plenty of actual fossils/finds/skeletons/etc..... The displays and information labels/boards are hugely helpful and add to the understanding...More

Thank SignorMaRcOpOlO
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Was realy suprised another free attraction about 1 hr of intresting lots of bits to see kids explore and a small gift area no cafe but staff happy to chat.

Thank Simon P
Reviewed 15 May 2018 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
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
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
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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Joshua W
28 September 2017|
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.