Natural History Museum
What can you see?
Did you know that there was an earthquake in Colchester in 1884? Of that mammoths and hippos used to roam this area? Find out more about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change.
The Natural History collections held at Colchester focus on Britain and on the north-east Essex in particular.
- Entomology, Geology and Herbarium
- Study Skins and Taxidermy
- Fluid collection
Our Geology and Climate gallery follows the geological history of the area and looks at the issues of global warming and associated climate change.
- Discover what rocks lie beneath your feet with a look at local geology and find out what lurks in your garden.
- Learn more about the stag beetle in a display dedicated to this fascinating insect.
- Check out some of Colchester’s park life and a section on the wildlife of The River Colne.
A perfect chance to give the children a quick break from shopping. The museum is popular with children because of its focus on animals and the local area – both the familiar and the unexpected – did you know that mammoths and hippos used to roam around the area?
- Resource trolley – contains books, magnifying glasses, trails and more
- Crawl-through badger sett
- Interactive microscope – look at your own objects!
We bring art and history to life in a fun way with our events programme.
A programme of events for both families and adults runs throughout the year including art and craft workshops, tours, talks, quizzes and much more.