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Collection Summary

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Biology Collection
This collection is among the most important provincial collections in the country and ranges geographically from Antarctica to the Arctic, through the Antipodes, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. Much of the plant and animal kingdom is represented. A growing collection of local plants and invertebrates is set alongside international collections of over 120,000 butterflies and moths; 30,000 beetles; 38,000 molluscs; 6,000 sea-urchins and starfish; 8,500 birds; and 1,200 mammals.

The Sladen Collection is an internationally important collection of starfish and sea-urchins, including extant and fossil forms. It was acquired in 1903.
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Location Details

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Queen Street Exeter EX4 3RX United Kingdom
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+44 (0)1392 421252 
Building Information
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum's grade II listed building was originally proposed by Sir Stafford Northcote as a practical memorial to Prince Albert. The first phases of the museum were completed in 1868. It originally provided an integrated museum, art gallery, library, reading room, school of art and school of science in the manner long advocated by Prince Albert. The building has changed little since, though the library left in 1930; the school of science developed into Exeter University and the school of art is now part of Polytechnic South West.
Collections Overview
This museum is designated for the pre-eminent importance of its ethnography collection. The museum covers Devon and world natural history, including geology; archaeology; ethnography, including African, Inuit and Captain Cook material; and fine and decorative art including Exeter silver, glass and ceramics.
Display Overview
>From archaeology to zoology, this fine museum holds outstanding collections of local and national importance.
Star Objects
African griaffe; Burmese buddha; 'Fair Toxopholytes' oil painting by Frith.
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