The Booth Museum of Natural History – Brighton, England - Atlas Obscura

The Booth Museum of Natural History

The natural history museum displaying the British bird collections and dioramas of Edward Booth, free of charge. 


The Victorian naturalist and eccentric Edward Thomas Booth founded this museum in 1874 as a home for his extensive collection of stuffed birds.  It has since expanded into a notable repository of animal skeletons, butterflies and other insects.

Booth’s own avian taxidermy and dioramas make up the bulk of the main room exhibitions, with additional presentations of quirky Victoriana - there is even a ‘genuine’ stuffed merman on display.  The skeleton room contains an excellent range of exhibits, from woodpeckers to whale bones.  In total, there are over three-quarters of a million natural specimens held in the museum’s collection.

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