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.

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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


Check our website for admission information


Booth Museum of Natural History
194 Dyke Road
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex




03000 290900

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