Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham

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The Lapworth Museum of Geology is a geological museum run by the University of Birmingham and located on the University's campus in Edgbaston, south Birmingham, England. Named after the geologist Charles Lapworth, the origins of the Museum date to 1880, and it reopened in 2016 following a £2.7 million redevelopment project that created new galleries and displays, as well as new visitor and educational facilities. The Lapworth Museum is free to visit, and its galleries are aimed at a broad range of audiences, from families and children to undergraduate students and specialist geology groups. The galleries use the Lapworth's collections to tell the story of the evolution of life and the planet over 4.5 billion years of Earth history, with a particular focus on how the environment, climate, plants and animals of the English Midlands have changed over time. The Lapworth's collection includes more than 250,000 specimens of fossils, rocks and minerals that are of international scientific significance, as well as an important archive that documents key scientific discoveries and important historical geologists. The Lapworth is one of five UK museums shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017.
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  • One only has to be at the Lapworth Museum of Geology for a few minutes to see that it is really good. Very well laid out and attractive with plenty of information. There was only a trickle of visitors...  more »
  • This museum, on the University of Birmingham campus, was a little difficult to find but was well worth the effort. The first thing that strikes you as you enter is a dinosaur skeleton so you discover ...  more »
  • This museum is tucked away as part of the uni and I had honestly never thought to look in until Ben asked me to go with him. It's a great collection of fossils, stones and other exhibits, with a wide ...  more »
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  • Fab place, a lot has gone into making your visit a pleasant one as in very up to date and if you are one for facts and enjoy reading and digesting all that knowledge then this is right up your Street. There is also a fact finding questionnaire for the younger ones that makes them look around to answer the questions. Very pleasant afternoon had by family 😉
  • Outstanding small museum. Excellent interactive displays. Look out for the fluorescent minerals upstairs, amazing.
  • Brilliant hidden gem in Edgbaston. Spent maybe an hour to an hour and a half here but could have easily spent longer. Little place but loads of information and brilliantly laid out. Lots of children here who loved it so that was great to see - children taking an interest in geology and not just dinosaurs! Will visit again!!
  • Excellent place to discover the past. Regular free lectures snd activities for kids in school holidays
  • Excellent little museum with really beautiful displays and some great mineral examples

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