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The Lapworth Museum of Geology | Birmingham

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Enabling visitors to explore life over the past 3.5 billion years, the Lapworth Museum showcases exceptional objects from one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections.

The Lapworth Museum of Geology | Museums in Birmingham

The Lapworth Museum of Geology dates back to 1880 and is named after Charles Lapworth,one of the most important and influential geologists in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK and holds in excess of 250,000 diverse and fascinating objects.The Museum recently underwent an extensive £2.7 million redevelopment and visitors can now explore life over the past 3.5 billion years. 

The Museum showcases exceptional objects from one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections with many of the items now on display originating from the Midlands area. A visit to the Lapworth Museum provides a fascinating insight into how the Earth formed and changed over time, and how life on Earth developed and evolved. There are three new state-of-the-art galleries plus a range of innovative and interactive exhibits with new soundscapes and animations recreating the Midlands environment from up to 425 million years ago. From fossils to volcanoes, diamonds to dinosaurs, the Museum captures the imagination of all ages.

Click here for a helpful visual guide for planning your visit to The Lapworth Museum of Geology. 

Getting there

The Museum is just five minutes walk from the University Station so why not make your trip even more exciting by travelling via train? The museum is also accessible via multiple bus and cycle routes. Click here for more info.

On weekdays you are unable to park on the University of Birmingham Campus. The nearest car park is the multi-story car park, the North East Car Park. This is a pay and display car park (change only), and is a short 10 minute walk from the Museum.

During the weekend, parking is free of charge to all visitors on campus and all visitors will be allowed access to the University campus to park – you can often park right outside the door!

Click here for a handy information pack about the museum and other things to do around Birmingham University Campus.

Are your little ones crazy about dinosaurs? Don't forget to visit Dippy at the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery!

Opening Hours

Monday10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday10:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:0010:00 - 17:00
Wednesday10:00 - 17:00
Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday12:00 - 17:00
Sunday12:00 - 17:00

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