Plan your visit
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 12pm-5pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
How to get here
Founded as a Victorian collector's private museum, the Booth Museum of Natural History is located at 194 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AA, It s a 20 to 30 minute walk from Brighton's city centre.
Local buses 27 and 77 from central Brighton and Brighton Station stop near the entrance to the museum. Visit the Brighton & Hove Buses website for more information about bus routes.
The Booth Museum of Natural History is a 20 minute walk from both Brighton and Hove Stations.
There are regular services from London Bridge and London Victoria to Brighton and Hove. Other services come into the city from Gatwick airport, Ashford International Eurostar terminal, towns across Sussex, and destinations along the coast.
Brighton & Hove is a great city for cycling and is part of the National Cycle Network. For more information about cycling, maps, parking and BTN (Brighton) BikeShare, visit the council website.
We have no on-site parking. On-street parking (pay and display) is available opposite the museum and in adjacent streets. For more information about the location of pay and display machines in the area, and how to use them, check Brighton & Hove City Council's website.
For live information about car parks within walking distance of the museum, check Parkopedia.
During your visit
We ask that you don't eat or drink in the museum (except for water or juice in securely closed bottles or cartons). This is because any crumbs or spillages will encourage pests such as moths and carpet beetles.
These pests love our natural history specimens and can cause enormous damage to our collections.
You are welcome to take photographs for personal, non-commercial use during your visit, unless we have stated otherwise. Please do not use flash, tripods or selfie sticks.
Share your photos with us on social media!
Professional filming and photography shoots must be booked in advance and supervised by our staff. For more information visit our professional filming and photography page.
The Booth Museum is all about birds and butterflies, fossils and feathers, making it a wonderful place for kids!
We welcome unaccompanied children aged 14 and over but those under the age of 14 must come with someone over the age of 16.
Pop in to our shop during the museum's opening hours or browse online for gorgeous gifts and souvenirs inspired by our exhibitions and collections. These include lots of sustainable/plastic-free 'pocket-money' toys for children.
Every purchase you make supports our work and helps to preserve our buildings and collections for future generations.
The Booth Museum of Natural History is an historic building, but we do our best to make it as accessible as possible.
Please tell us if you spot any problems or have tips for other visitors.
Admission to the Booth Museum is free.
Visitor Services Officers are on duty should you require any assistance and are happy to answer any queries.
There is no cafe in the building, but there is one across the road in Dyke Road Park.
We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 03000 290900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For full details and maps of how to reach us please see the How to get here section of our website. Alternatively you can plan your journey by car or public transport using www.traveline.info; simply enter your postcode and ours, which is BN1 5AA to get directions.
- The nearest railway station is Brighton, which is a 20 minute walk, or you can take a bus from outside the station. Taxis are also available at the station. If you require an accessible taxi you can book this in advance. See Brighton & Hove City Council’s website for more details on taxi ranks and services in the city.
- The Possability People charity also provides helpful information on the various Wheelchair Accessible Taxis on the road to help you find the taxi that’s right for you. Contact them at www.possabilitypeople.org.uk or at Montague House, Montague Place Brighton BN2 1JE, or by phone on 01273 89 40 40 or by email at email@example.com
- Buses stop at Dyke Road. The bus stops have a shelter and seating. See Brighton & Hove City Council’s website for more details on services that run in the city.
- Visitors using mobility scooters are asked to leave them at the rear accessible entrance and transfer to one of our manual wheelchairs. If you do this, please bring along a companion to push the wheelchair or if you need a member of staff to assist you phone 03000 290900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to book someone to help.
- If you have a powered wheelchair please note that some of the doorways in the building are narrow or have tight turns so you may not be able to access some areas.
- The only available parking is on street on the opposite side of the road; however visitors can be dropped off at the accessible entrance in the Fairways flats site.
- In Brighton & Hove, providing the badge and time disc are displayed correctly, you can park in a disabled bay, a pay & display bay and a shared use bay but not in ‘resident permit only’ bays.
- Additionally Blue Badge holders with a clock are allowed to park on yellow lines for up to 3 hours provided they are not causing an obstruction and there are no loading restrictions.
- There are 8 steps to the main entrance with a handrail to one side. Each step is between 150 & 170mm deep. There are a further two steps inside to the main museum.
- Level wheelchair access is available at the rear of the building, through a 97cm wide door. There is currently no sign at the main entrance to direct visitors to this door.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible, with accessible toilets. However please be aware that there is no designated wheelchair accessible route to the step-free rear entrance. Visitors will need to use the road through Fairways Flats. There is no pavement directly to the back of the Booth Museum. The route includes shallow kerbs, and one steep gradient. There are speed bumps which could cause a problem for motorised wheelchairs or scooters. We know this is not ideal and are working with our Access consultants and the local authority to improve wheelchair access and accessible routes into the museum.
- We welcome guide, assistance and support dogs across all of our sites
- Our staff are aware that not all assistance dogs will be wearing a tabard/harness when working or training
- Our staff are aware that not all assistance dogs will be or need to be registered with Assistance Dogs (UK) or the equivalent international scheme, therefore we do not ask to see any registration paperwork for you to bring your assistance dog onto any of our sites
- Water bowls are available for your dogs at all of our sites, please ask a member of staff.
- Other animals - Enquiries should be directed through the Booking Office and they will refer them on to the Director Of Engagement and Public Programmes for consideration.
- Some of our historical taxidermy were prepared using pesticides that would now be considered dangerous. Although these are all in cases and there is no risk to humans, we advise that support animals are kept away from these exhibits.
- The reception desk has a lowered section.
- A hearing induction loop is fitted.
- The floor is carpeted and the area is well lit with overhead lighting.
- Pen and paper are available on request.
- The museum is all on one level and is mostly carpeted. Some aisles also have iron heated grates set into the floor.
- The galleries are well lit, apart from the butterfly gallery which has lower levels of lighting for conservation reasons.
- Most of the aisles are wide; the narrowest doorway is 84cm wide.
- There is a variety of seating around the building.
- Most of the exhibits are in glass cases, some at a high level.
- There is some clear labelling of exhibits, but because of the historic nature of the collection, some of the labelling is not as clear or is in a smaller font.
- There are some tactile exhibits and interactives.
- An induction loop is fitted in the education area in the butterfly gallery, and there is clear space for wheelchair users under the tables.
- There are two public toilets located in the foyer at the museum, one is wheelchair-accessible and one is a standard cubicle. The toilets are accessed from the main museum floor via 2 steps down to the foyer level.
- Alternatively, a 1.5m x 1m lifting platform is built into the floor of the Foyer to assist access to the toilets. This lifting platform requires staff assistance to operate.
- This lifting platform has a weight capacity of 350kg, and a combined handrail and fold-down seat is available for ambulant visitors who are unable to use the 2 steps.
- Alternative facilities, including one wheelchair accessible WC, are located opposite the Booth Museum at the Dyke Road Park café.
- There is a shop with a range of gifts and books on a natural history theme, located at the front of the museum close to the reception desk.
- The shop is level throughout and there is space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre.
- Most of the shelves are low, and staff are available to assist if needed.
- We have a set of evacuation procedures and should you require it someone will assist you with evacuation either out of the building or to a refuge.
- All information brochures are produced in a minimum of 12 point font, and some are available in large print.
Address: Booth Museum of Natural History 194 Dyke Road Brighton BN1 5AA
Telephone: 03000 290900