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. The museum is named after the geologist Charles Lapworth, its origins dating back to 1880. It reopened in 2016 following a £2.7 million redevelopment project that created new galleries and displays, as well as modern visitor and educational facilities.
The Lapworth Museum is free to visit; 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's 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 historical geologists. The Lapworth was one of five UK museums shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award in 2017.
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  • I came across this museum by chance whilst planning a return to the excellent Barber Institute. I was so glad that I did as it really is a fascinating little museum with such an array of well...  more »
  • We parked free in the side streets outside of the university ground near this museum and just walked for a couple of minutes into the site. Free worksheets for kids. Even 8 and 4 year old keep...  more »
  • Wonderful. My parents and my niece had a great time so it really spans the ages. I loved the ground floor which has geology and evolution exhibits, but when you go upstairs there is a wonderful surprise of beautiful gemstones and minerals and coloured lights. I have been so disappointed since moving to Birmingham with the Jewellery Quarter - this makes up for it with real sparkle!
  • My favourite part is the making the bowl with the other piece of clay I made a cup and I liked the part about knowing how 2 people find out if there is any plastic - said my 9 year old son! Great exhibits. Lots to learn.

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