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The Natural History Museum

More than 16,000 specimens and displays are housed at the museum, exploring themes including Thames Valley wildlife, biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. The museum was first created to house the Thackeray Collection of British Birds. It opened in 1875 and 20 years later moved to its present site. 

Unique exhibits include a rare surviving page from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and material relating to famous botanist and Old Etonian Sir Joseph Banks, who sailed on HMB Endeavour with Captain Cook. There are also extensive collections of insects (mainly butterflies and moths), the William Hincks Herbarium, a full set of Banks’ Florilegium, fossils and birds’ eggs. 

The museum is an accredited learning destination for Slough Children's University. 
View the Natural History Museum brochure.

Access and Enquiries

The exhibits are used extensively for teaching, as well as being open to the public. Schools, youth organisations and interest groups are welcome to visit and the Curator can provide tailored educational activities. 

Opening hours: Sunday afternoons 2.30 - 5pm

The Natural History Museum is in South Meadow Lane, Eton, SL4 6EW.   

Please contact the Curator by email or on 01753 370 602 to arrange an appointment to visit the museum outside opening hours or to enquire about this collection. 

The museum’s collections may also be explored in our online catalogue

Please check the access page for further details on opening times. The museums may close due to holidays or exceptional circumstances.


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