Booth Museum of Natural HistoryBrighton, East Sussex
Ever since Edward Booth opened the Booth Museum in 1874 with his lifetime collection of stuffed British birds, the museum has remained a fascinating, and quirky, celebration of natural history!
The variety of species of stuffed birds on display is magnificent and very high quality work. A true reflection of Mr Booth's noble (if morbid) ambition to try and capture an example of every single British bird in existence! The birds are displayed using the Victorian method of environmental diorama that sets them off in their natural habitats, so the inanimate nature of the birds rarely bothers the young ones, they look like they're part of an amazing 3D picture, and in pleasant natural looking surroundings.
There are also colourful butterfly collections with over 650 types on display! These are just as much fun for the younger kids to 'ooh' and 'aah' at as they are for buddings lepidopterists, with an amazing range of size, shape and colour that's fascinating to all ages.
The fossil and bone collections date back to when dinosaurs and woolly rhinos roamed Sussex and is a great educational resource for those backing up school work as well as being a genuinely fascinating collection just to peer at.
Plus, get really hands-on with natural history in the Interactive Discovery Gallery and at the many events and activities for families and children! Activities are aimed at kids' height and designed to appeal to and satisfy their urge to learn through doing.
Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00
Closed 24 to 27 December, 31 December and 1 January.
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