Eton’s hidden gem

We are sorry to say that the Museum is currently closed to the public

Eton College has had to restrict visits in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Unfortunately the Sunday afternoon openings of our museums and galleries are suspended until further notice.

We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to welcome you back soon. Please check our website or social media accounts for the latest information.

In the meantime, online access to our collections is available at at and, and on social media, where we will continue to post content from our museums and galleries: Twitter @EtonCollMuseums

Download our leaflet here

The museum was opened in 1875 to house the Thackeray Collection of British Birds and other collections and have been located in its present site since 1895. It is Berkshire’s only dedicated natural history museum and houses over 15,000 specimens, donated from the nineteenth century onwards. All the displays (over 70 of them) date from 2000.  The Museum is used extensively for teaching biology and geology as well as being open to the public and visited by numerous schools and outside groups.  The Museum is an accredited learning destination for Slough Children’s University and an outreach partner with the Clewer Cluster of Schools, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Royal Holloway, University of London.

The Museum is open every Sunday afternoon from 14.30 until 17.00 except over the Christmas period.

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 and there is no admission charge.

Please click here for a location map.   For further information, please telephone the curator on 01753 370602 or click here to send an email.

Postal address: The Curator, Natural History Museum, Eton College, Windsor, SL4 6DW

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