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Natural History Museum

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From Thursday 19th March all of Colchester Borough Council’s building are to be closed to the public, as part of the steps to combat the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum will be closed for the foreseeable future. This decision follows the advice from the Government.

The council will be reviewing these closures on a regular basis and will look to reopen them as soon as possible within Government guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Click here for the latest news on the council’s work to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Click here for the latest public health guidance visit

Find out more about local wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change at this much-loved, family-friendly museum, housed in the former All Saints Church. Get up close to nature and explore the Natural History collections focussing on Britain and north-east Essex and discover the secrets of the drowned world underneath the North Sea. 

Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition.

Guide Prices




  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Map & Directions


Road Directions

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

Natural History Museum


High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN

Tel: 01206 282941


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Opening Times

* 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.