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Lapworth Museum of Geology

Aston Webb Building | Birmingham University, Birmingham B15 2TT, England
+44 121 414 7294
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A hidden gem

I only recently heard about this museum on our doorstep. It was such a treat to visit. The fossil... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kpdean50
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Hidden Gem

This place is a little hidden gem! Only realised it was here recently due to some new signs but... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2018
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The Lapworth Museum of Geology holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. Dating back to 1880, it is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK. The Museum is now open following a £2.7m redevelopment, made possible thanks to a transformative Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £1.5m and the generous support of University of Birmingham alumni, as well as a number of grant awarding bodies, trusts and foundations. Throughout its long history the Lapworth Museum has provided a valuable resource for students, schools and colleges, research workers, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in, or desire to learn, about geology. The museum supports teaching and research in the Earth Sciences and natural history within the University and the West Midlands region. The Museum is named after Charles Lapworth, the first Professor of Geology at Mason College, the forerunner of the University of Birmingham. Lapworth was one of the most important and influential geologists in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Located in the University’s Grade II listed, Aston Webb Building, the museum retains its original Edwardian setting and interior. The collections contain in excess of 250,000 specimens. In addition to rocks, fossils and minerals, there are large collections of early geological maps, equipment, models, photographic material, and also zoological specimens and stone axes. The Lapworth Archive contains one of the most complete records of the work of a scientist of that period. The fossil collections are important both scientifically and historically, with exceptionally well-preserved specimens from the Midlands and many other famous fossil localities in the UK, and throughout the world. The museum has some of the finest collections from the Wenlock Limestone of Dudley, famous for its fossils that lived 420 million years ago when the area was covered by a shallow, warm, tropical sea that enabled a highly diverse ecosystem to develop. From the rocks of the old Midlands Coalfields are important collections of fossil plants, fish, insects, arachnids, fossil footprints and animal tracks. There are beautifully preserved fish, dragonflies, crabs, lobsters and pterosaurs from the Solnholfen Limestone in Germany; outstanding fish collections from Brazil, Italy, Lebanon and USA; 510 million year old animals unique to the world famous Burgess Shale of British Columbia. The mineral collection contains around 15,000 specimens, many of them rare, and displaying stunning colours and crystal shapes. The specimens come from all over the world, but particularly from the old mining areas of the UK. Of historical interest is the mineral collection of William Murdoch, engineer and inventor, who worked with James Watt and Matthew Boulton at Soho House in Birmingham. A visit to the Lapworth Museum provides an insight into how the Earth formed and changed through time, and how life on earth developed and evolved.
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Aston Webb Building | Birmingham University, Birmingham B15 2TT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I only recently heard about this museum on our doorstep. It was such a treat to visit. The fossil collection is wonderful, well displayed and explained. I have been back three times.

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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

This place is a little hidden gem! Only realised it was here recently due to some new signs but what a treat! So much packed in to this place, little drawers and screens and huge displays. They have an impressive fossil collection capturing life as...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

I guess that you need to have at least a passing interest in rocks and fossils to appreciate this place, but if you do, I think you will love it. From the wall of rocks, to the dinosaurs, the displays are brilliant. It is not...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Very interesting museum even for younger children, right size not to get tired seeing everything but with a lot of information, free entrance, easily accesible by train. I would like the shop to have more products and a number of them was broken (because everyone...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

We came with the kids and they love it. Very nice surprise in this museum. It is very interesting, and distractive. Every range of age can find some excitement.

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Living only minutes away from the museum we finally decided to visit. What a surprise it turned out to be, Not a dusty stuffy place. Situated on the campus of Birmingham University. It was half term and the children visiting were having a great time....More

Thank Noreen E
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

This is a brilliant geological museum, just the right size for entertaining children and hopefully inform adults too. There are a good range of exhibits, including a dinosaur and dinosaur poo!

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Well worthbooking for the torchlisht vist... night at the musuem style, we also got a tour of the extensive archieve (with the lights on).

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Went to the Museum on Saturday and after driving there for 40 minutes and spending 20 min on campus trying to find it the place was closed at 1 pm on a Saturday.More

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abchrystal, Manager at Lapworth Museum of Geology, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Dear Evija, Thank you for your message which I have just picked up. I am extremely sorry that the museum was not open for your visit today, it certainly should have been. I have picked up in another email that the member of staff on...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2017

Not the easiest of museum to find, but well worth making the effort. Paleontologically and well as geologically interesting and designed to please – entertain – inform visitors of all ages. A very good evolution display, that helps to inform children (and adults) of how...More

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Response from Lawrence S | Reviewed this property |
Yes plenty of examples and some interactive stuff. Might be worth seeing if they have any school holiday activities
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There is a Costa on campus. It is situated in the main square.
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Not sure where the nearest Costa is, but there are several coffee shops and cafes close by on campus.
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