We recently took a visit to the Natural History Museum in Eton which is part of Eton College and spent a very enjoyable hour at the museum, which is free to enter. The museum is open on Sundays between 2.30pm-5pm.
What is at the museum?
The museum is set on two levels and is packed full of items from the natural world. You will find glass cases full of interesting artefacts and historic items all to do with the natural world and it is a great place to take anyone with an interest in animals and dinosaurs!
In the museum you will find the Newall Collection of Bird Eggs which has over 1400 eggs which were collected in the late 19th century. My eldest was fascinated by the different size of eggs and the range of colours too. The Natural History Museum is perfect for any ‘dinosaur hunter’ as you will find collections of fossils from Pre-Cambrian era onwards and these include dinosaur casts of an Allosaurus, Camarosaurus and an Iguanodon.
The Natural History Museum also contains the Thackeray Collection of British Birds and even a Platypus. You can also see an Asian Elephant Foreleg which was incredible to see and really allowed you to appreciate the size of the magnificent creatures. In one of the cabinets we also saw a book by Darwin which contained pressed primroses.
We also found out, whilst at the museum that evidence of mammoths were found in the River Thames so once lived nearby!
What can you do at the museum?
When we visited there were three different trails you could do around the museum. My eldest completed the dinosaur trail, which took you around the museum spotting dinosaur toys in the cabinets – it was a great way to get a child exploring and discovering the museum and everything that was around to be seen. There were also two other trails to take part in; Young and Old Explorer Trail and another where you had to identify and find objects throughout the museum.
Upstairs, there was also a board full of drawings by the public. You can take a piece of paper and pencil and add a sketch of something you have seen in the museum to the wall.
There were also some fact sheets with questions and answers dotted around the museum for you to answer.
There was also a table which had some animals and insects preserved in cases, they were fascinating to look at and included a seahorse, giant stick insect and snake.
My eldest has asked to go back to the museum as there was loads to see and learn about, so we will definitely be back.
Where is the Natural History Museum in Eton?
The address for the Natural History Museum in Eton is Eton College, S Meadow Ln, Windsor, SL4 6ER. Click here for the what3words location.
When is the Museum open and how much does it cost?
The museum is free of charge to visit and is open on a Sunday between 2.30pm and 5pm. Before visiting just double check the museums Instagram and Facebook accounts to make sure the museum is open on the Sunday you plan to visit.
If you are visiting Eton, why not head over Windsor Bridge to Windsor, here are 15 free things to do in Windsor.
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