Please note that the Insect gallery is currently closed for conservation work.
There are over 500,000 insects at the Booth Museum.
The entomological collections at the Booth Museum are some of the largest outside of the National Collection. They include butterflies from around the world, including type specimens (the first scientifically described examples of the species) from Central and South America.
There are also several hundred thousand specimens of British butterflies, moths, beetles, bees, wasps and other insects and arthropods.
In addition to pinned specimens the museum also houses a large number of microscope slides and spirit preserved arthropod specimens.
The entomology displays are undergoing a gradual refresh. During this time individual cases are being re-displayed. We welcome comments on the changes.
The collection can be viewed for research or photography by prior appointment.