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
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.

Mr Booth’s Mini-Museum Explorers

  • 5 February 2016 10-11:30am *on now
  • 12 February 2016 10-11:30am
  • 26 February 2016 10-11:30am
  • 4 March 2016 10-11:30am
  • 11 March 2016 10-11:30am
  • 18 March 2016 10-11:30am
  • 15 April 2016 10-11:30am
  • 22 April 2016 10-11:30am
  • 29 April 2016 10-11:30am

These sessions for 2-5 year olds include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

22 January Fun with Fossils

29 January Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?

5 February Painting Pictures

12 February We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

26 February Handa’s Surprise

4 March Dino Day!

11 March Love Bugs!

18 March Feathery Friends

15 April In the Attic

22 April Roar!

29 April The Odd Egg

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5, members £4, book in advance. 2-5 years only. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues or you can buy tickets online. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries. A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#!early-years-sessions

Backstage at the Booth

  • 5 February 2016 4:30-5:30pm *on now

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.

Admission

£15, members £12, book in advance. 15+. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues or you can buy tickets online. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries. A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#!backstage-at-the-booth-5

Science Festival Pub Quiz

  • 6 February 2016 7-9:30pm

Join us and the Science Festival for our special 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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£25 per table, members £20 – maximum 5 people per table (10 tables available), book in advance. Pay bar. 18+. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries. A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#!science-festival-pub-quiz

Jaws ‘n’ Claws

  • 15 February 2016
  • 28 March 2016

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

Three sessions on each day: 10.30-11.30am, 1.30-2.30pm & 3-4pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Family of 4 £21, family of 3 £14, individuals £7, members £6, book in advance. All ages. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries. A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#!jaws-n-claws-6

Discover Skeletons!

  • 19 February 2016

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.

Two drop-in sessions on the day 10.30-11.45am and 1.30-4pm

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/discover-skeletons-3/

Sharks, Shells and Seashore Discovery Day

  • 19 February 2016

A drop-in discovery day looking at the life in our seas. Bring in your finds and learn about sea life today, fossil sea creatures from the ancient past and the dangers facing our seas.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, drop-in. All ages. Please note: A ‘first come, first served’ policy is in operation for drop-in sessions and free events that do not require pre-booking.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/booth/whats-on/#!sharks-shells-and-seashore-discovery-day

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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