Originally known as the Booth Museum of British Birds,the museum now displays species from around the world.

The museum’s founder Edward’s Booth’s ambition was to try and capture an example of every single British bird – resident or migratory. When he died he was about 50 birds short of his target.

There are still more than 400 of his birds displayed using the Victorian method of ‘environmental diorama’ that shows them in recreations of their natural habitats. This type of display was pioneered by Booth, and the Smithsonian Institute called the Booth Museum the ‘Home of the Diorama’

Since the 1960s the Booth Museum has housed all the Brighton Museum natural history specimens. The bird collections now include specimens from around the world, as well as skeletal and egg specimens.