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Eton College Natural History Museum


Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6DW

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Eton College Natural History Museum

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The museum was opened in 1875 to house the Thackeray Collection of British Birds and other collections and has been located in its present site since 1895. It now houses over 15,000 specimens, donated from the nineteenth century onwards. Initially, the museum belonged to Eton College Natural History Society and was actively curated by boys. From 1994 to 2000 the displays were extensively refurbished and reorganised and are now used extensively for teaching biology and geology as well as being open to the public and visited by numerous outside groups.

The 77 public displays, on two floors, comprise the following:

• History of the museum and of the Natural History Society
• The Endeavour voyage made by the Etonian Sir Joseph Banks, including a full-scale model of his cabin
• Near the museum is a garden planted with species which have a connection with Joseph Banks
• Other famous Etonian biologists, naturalists and explorers: T.H. Huxley, Constantine Phipps, Thomas Jenkinson Woodward and J.B.S. Haldane
• The classification of life
• Ecology
• The work of Charles Darwin
• Evolution and the history of life on earth
• Animal behaviour
• Genetics
• Biogeography

The remaining collections of insects (mainly butterflies and moths), the William Hincks Herbarium, fossils and birds’ eggs are accessible to scholars on application to the Curator.

The Museum is open on Sunday afternoons from 14.30 until 17.00. Visits by individuals and groups at other times can be made by prior arrangement with the curator. Visits by parties from other schools are particularly welcome. There is no admission charge.

Visit the Museum's own website to access educational resources and find out about forthcoming events.

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Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Gay/Lesbian Friendly
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Local car parks
  • Parking (free) - on road nearby

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available



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    Recent Reviews:

    • RachaelSheldrake
      Eton, United Kingdom
      A great place to bring the kids
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 28th March 2018
      A delightful place to bring the kids, especially on those bleak overcast days. I always try to make education fun for my children and what better place than the Natural History Museum! Read full review
    • GOMFS
      City of Greater Geelong, Australia
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      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 9th April 2018
      History history history this is a great small museum in the middle of Eton College. Great collection and lots of fun facts for children and adults. Highly recommend Read full review
    • Sue S
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Eaton a beautiful quite break to Windsor
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 10th July 2018
      I cross the Thames over into Eaton on Saturday evening it was a lovey break from the hustle and bustle of Windsor .... very quaint street with beautiful hanging baskets outside the shops. Lovely bars... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    The Museum is a two minute walk from Eton College Chapel in South Meadow Lane. On Sunday afternoon there is free on-road parking available on Eton Wick Road and in South Meadow Lane, a short walk away.

    Public Transport Directions

    The Museum is a 15 minute walk from Windsor and Eton Riverside and 20 minutes from Windsor and Eton Central. From Slough Station take bus number 60 towards Eton.

    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
    Monday - SaturdayClosed*
    Sunday14:30 - 17:00*

    * Open every Sunday, 2.30pm -5pm

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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