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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  • Great exhibitions. Really relaxing, especially when worries of uni, climate change, etc. are getting a bit too much. Helps to put everything into perspective. 
    Great exhibitions. Really relaxing, especially when worries of uni, climate change, etc. are getting a bit too much. Helps to put everything into perspective.  more »
  • Sunday 27th February 2022, My husband and I went out for the day to visit ‘The Lapworth Museum’ in the Aston Webb building based at Birmingham University. I first came here six years ago with my... 
    Sunday 27th February 2022, My husband and I went out for the day to visit ‘The Lapworth Museum’ in the Aston Webb building based at Birmingham University. I first came here six years ago with my...  more »
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  • Nice little museum with friendly staff. A little tricky to find at first. Small but with interesting fossils and minerals on display. Parking is free thank god. Enjoyed my visit, would say the average person would spend an hour maybe two here. Enjoyed my visit and will come in future.
  • Fascinating museum of geology, chemistry, biology and geography with plenty of appealing, colourful and sparkly exhibits to rouse the curiosity of children and adults alike. It's not too big, so it's easy to do in a morning or an afternoon. In my view, schools should visit this place as part of their curriculum, because we have too many sales assistants, baristas, wannabe celebrities and unemployed people in this country, and we desperately need children with ambitions, vision and imagination to look after this planet properly in the future. Start by nurturing and engaging them in places like this, which has the additional advantage of being on the university campus, so there's something to strive for!

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