Booth Museum of Natural History

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Over half a million specimens, natural history literature and data extending back over three centuries are housed in this fascinating museum, including hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings. Plus butterflies, skeletons, a whale and dinosaur bones. Children and families can explore the Museum's collections through a variety of interactive displays in a new 'hands on' gallery. The Museum also organises an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions and events for adults, children and schools.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Wed Fri Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 14.00-17.00

Closed: Thurs

Admission charges

Free admission

The entire collection of the Booth Museum of Natural History is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections in the Booth Museum of Natural History were the first in Brighton to be Designated. Containing over 700,000 items, these collections are strong in world-wide and British insects, vertebrates (especially birds), UK plants and fossils.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Magical Machines of Rowland Emett

  • 2 May — 6 November 2015 *on now

Quirky automata, magical mechanical contraptions from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and fabulous flying machines are among the whimsical and wonderful inventions of Rowland Emett (1906-1990).

The Exploratory Lunacycle has brought its moon rock samples to Hove Museum and the Humbug Major is thinking of sweets
The Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper is cleaning in the Royal Pavilion
The Featherstone Kite Flying Machine has swooped into Brighton Museum
The Ornithologist is busy at the Booth Museum
and at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft The Fairway Birdie is playing golf.

In collaboration with The Rowland Emett Society

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Check our website for admission information

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Early Years: Monkey Puzzle

  • 4 September 2015 10-11:30am *on now

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: Old MacDonald had a Farm

  • 11 September 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Backstage at the Booth

  • 12 September 2015 From 4:30pm
  • 25 September 2015 From 11:30am
  • 9 October 2015 From 4:30pm
  • 23 October 2015 From 11:30am
  • 7 November 2015 From 4:30pm
  • 27 November 2015 From 11:30am

A rare chance to discover the secrets and surprises concealed behind the everyday face of this unique and intriguing Victorian natural history museum. See some of the hundreds of thousands of amazing objects not currently on display.

Please note: most of the stores are upstairs and not accessible to wheelchair users.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15, members £12, book in advance.

Early Years: Fun with Fossils

  • 18 September 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: Teddy Bears’ Picnic

  • 25 September 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: Painting Pictures

  • 2 October 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

  • 9 October 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: The Snail and the Whale

  • 16 October 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: Room on the Broom (Halloween)

  • 23 October 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Jaws ‘n’ Claws

  • 27 October 2015

Live mini beast handling with Phil and his amazing menagerie, including snakes, lizards and giant bugs.

Sessions at 10:30, 13:30 and 15:00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Family of 4 £21, family of 3 £14, individuals £7, members £6, book in advance.

Future Taxidermists

  • 28 October 2015 From 10am

Join professional taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long at this special workshop for children looking at the art of taxidermy. The workshop will give children an idea of how to stuff an animal skin and allow them to build their own mannequin to take away.
Please note: There will be a brief demonstration of taxidermy, showing how the skinning process is carried out, but attendees will not be participating in this aspect.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10, members £8, book in advance.

Discover Skeletons!

  • 30 October 2015

A drop-in discovery day looking at the skeletal collections of the Booth Museum. Bring in your finds and learn about preparing skeletons, reconstructing fossil animals and the mechanics of skeletons.

Sessions run at 10:30 and 13:30

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in.

Halloween Pub Quiz

  • 31 October 2015 7-9:30pm

Join us this Halloween for our special Museums at Night pub quiz. Compete with other teams to see who can answer the most questions on Wildlife and our natural history collections, and enjoy a drink from our bar. Includes a prize for the winning team!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£25 per table, members £20 – maximum 5 people per table (10 tables available), book in advance. Pay bar.

Early Years: I Love Bugs!

  • 6 November 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: Feathery Friends

  • 13 November 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: Dino Day!

  • 20 November 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Live Animal 'Pub' Quiz

  • 20 November 2015 7-9:30pm

Why should the kids have all the fun? For our November pub quiz, enjoy a drink and see and handle live animals from the Jaws ‘n’ Claws collection. Compete with other teams to see who can match the skull with the animal, identify beasties by touch and name that reptile! Ideal for early Christmas parties - includes a prize for the winning team!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 per table, members £25 – maximum 5 people per table (10 tables available, book in advance. Pay bar.

Early Years: Under the Sea

  • 27 November 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: A Dark, Dark Night

  • 4 December 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: Winter Sparkles

  • 11 December 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Early Years: Winter Wonderland

  • 18 December 2015 10-11:30am

Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance.

Booth Museum of Natural History
194 Dyke Road
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex
BN1 5AA
England

Website

www.brightonmuseums.org.uk

E-mail

visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 290900

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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