Museum From Home

Looking for ideas or things to do? Our team have devised a variety of activities to help educate and entertain. Inspired by the collections across Colchester and Ipswich, from art to nature, archaeology to social history, we hope to bring the museum to you!

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Build a Fat Feeder

Give nature a helping hand by making a high-energy bird feeder. It’s fun and easy to make, plus you can then enjoy watching all the visitors who come to use it!


Miniature Garden

Why not get creative and make your own Chelsea Flower Show at home?

They might be very small, but miniature gardens can be a whole lot of fun to create!

Dried Flowers

Preserve the beauty of nature with this super simple activity.

You can add a splash of colour to your home or create a beautiful gift that can be popped in the post to a loved one!

Build a Seed Feeder

Why not encourage some birds into your garden or balcony?

This simple guide will show you how to make a feeder using a few household objects.

Teaching children from home? Then why not check out our free, downloadable resources.


Can you find the hidden words in our Roman, Castle and Natural World themed puzzles?

You might come across a few you didn’t know…

Window Eye-Spy

Wherever you live, the natural world isn’t far away. Look out of your window and see if you can spot these animals.

Act Like Animals!

There are lots of animals on display in the Natural History Gallery in Colchester or at Ipswich Museum. Let’s bring them to life and have some fun!

Garden Wildlife Bingo

Nature lovers, we have just the game for you!

Explore your garden and see how many of these animals you can find.

Pancake Animals

Bring a little extra joy to mealtime by transforming your pancakes into a variety of creatures!

Why not attempt your favourite animal from Colchester’s Natural History Museum or Ipswich Museum?

Stained Glass Biscuits

Follow our simple recipe to make these extra special biscuits.

We think you’ll agree, they taste delicious and look rather beautiful!

Ann Smiths 19th Century Icecream

Go back in time and make your own icecream the 19th century way – it’s super easy and rather delicious!

Buttons + Bottle Tops

Rescue those random bottle tops and jar lids heading for the bin and bring them to life! 

We have a few different examples to get you started but, after that, anything goes!

Looking through prison bars into a cell, silhouettes of people can be seen on a brick wall. One figure appears to be cowering on the ground

Ghost Stories

Over the years there have been tales of mysterious encounters in each of our museums.

We have brought together a selection of genuine accounts from former staff and visitors to the museums.

A Home For Your Collection

Do you have a collection but nothing to store it in? We can show you how to keep your precious objects safe with a simple origami box.


Print making

Take a vegetable or a sponge and turn it into a stamp. You’ll be able to make your very own wall paper or gift wrap!

Paper Chain Snake

With a little coloured paper, you’re just a few steps away from creating your own bendy snake!

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Colchester Museums

With a unique mix of fascinating displays, the latest technology and hands-on activities, there is lots for your family to explore and discover across Colchester Museums’ three sites.

Ipswich Museums

Covering thousands of years of both human and natural history, there is so much to for families to discover across Ipswich Museums’ three venues.

Where will your adventure start?