A MUSEUM in Colchester has scooped a prestigious family attraction award.

The Natural History Museum in High Street was awarded the Best Free Family Day Out in the east of England by Day Out With The Kids.

The winners are voted for by families and this year more than 25,000 families voted.

The museum explores Colchester’s wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change.

Councillor Julie Young said: “This is a great accolade for Colchester Museums.”

“The team works hard to provide families with a great experience and enables visitors to discover many unknown facts about Colchester.”

“From our famous stag beetles to the secrets of the drowned world underneath the North Sea, the team’s efforts to make learning fun and engaging prove this award to be much deserved.”

Visit www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk.