Get closer to nature once more as town’s popular museum prepares to reopen its doors

PUBLISHED: 20 May 2021

Colchester Museums are thrilled to announce the reopening of Colchester’s Natural History Museum from Tuesday 1 June.

The popular FREE family museum will throw open its doors just in time for May half term, providing visitors with plenty of fun for the holidays.

Housed in the stunning former All Saints Church, the building, which can be dated back to the Norman period (through its Nave and Chancel), is packed full of exhibits and specimens about Britain’s natural history and in particular North-East Essex.

Visitors can explore wildlife habitats, learn more about stag beetles (one of Colchester’s success stories!), discover more about the secrets of the drowned world beneath the North Sea, and immerse themselves in a day of interactive fun!

The museum, based in a convenient town centre location, is steps away from Colchester Castle, Europe’s largest Norman Keep, which sits across the road in historic Castle Park. The Castle draws visitors from all over the country to marvel at its many treasures. Visitors can combine a visit to both museums, Castle Park itself, and also access tourism information from Colchester’s Visitor Information Centre –  all within easy reach of each other.

Councillor Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance and Deputy Leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: “This summer, pay a visit to the Natural History Museum. It is a hugely popular attraction with young families and offers a fantastic free day out. With fascinating displays, exhibits and a shop for those little souvenirs, there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied."

Rest assured, visits to the museum will be fully Covid safe and social distancing measures will be in place throughout the building, along with sanitising stations. There is no need to book in advance simply turn up for your visit.

Colchester Museums are custodians of nationally important artefacts and strive to ensure the public can always access these collections. By visiting the Natural History Museum, you are helping preserve Colchester’s rich heritage for future generations.

Page last reviewed: 20 May 2021


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