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Biology Collection (Currently unavailable to the public)
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Birmingham's biology collections are particularly rich in flowering plants, insects, birds and molluscs.
The birds and mammals collection is of mainly British origin, though there are some foreign birds, especially from Australia, and some foreign mammals.
The invertebrates collection includes comprehensive coverage of British insects, large numbers of foreign butterflies and moths, a complete collection of British shells and a good representation of foreign sea shells.
Herbaria relating to Birmingham, Warwickshire and Worcestershire are good, as is the general British plant collection. The Sir Benjamin Stone herbarium presents an extensive foreign flora. Mosses and seaweeds are well represented.

Important named collections are significant for their scope and quality.

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The Robert Chase collection of British nestlings and eggs contains some 5000 specimens. The mounted specimens include work by some outstanding Victorian and Edwardian taxidermists such as E.F. Spicer and J. Cullingford. There is some foreign material in the collections, from e.g. Australia The Richard South collection of British butterflies and moths contains some 17000 specimens. South made his name with "Synonymic List of British Lepidoptera" in 1884, and many of the specimens illustrated in this field guide are now in the Birminham collections. The Birmingham herbarium contains material collected by Sir Benjamin Stone, which includes extensive foreign flora, and by James Bagnall, head clerk in a Birmingham pen factory, whose reputation rests on his publications on regional flora. There is a good collection of British insects There is a good collection of British and foreign sea shells
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Location Details

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square Birmingham West Midlands B3 3DH United Kingdom
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0121 303 2834
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Visiting Information
Free Admission (Entrance fee for some exhibitions), lift available. Monday-Thursday 10.00am - 5.00pm Friday 10.30am - 5.00pm Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 12.30pm - 5.00pm
Building Information
The original building by Yeoville Thomason is purpose built and dates from 1885. New galleries, linked by bridge to the original structure, were added over the years following the First World War. The Gas Hall exhibition gallery, converted from the old Municipal Gas Company's payments hall in the same building, was added in 1993. The Water Hall gallery for modern art, former Council offices, was added in 2001.
Collections Overview
Birmingham is the largest non-national museum service in England and Wales, and the scale and significance of its collections reflect this fact. They cover most aspects of human and natural history, and most of the collections have been Designated. The collections recorded here include those from the former Museum of Science and Industry. This museum is now closed. Some of the principal exhibits are now shown at the Thinktank museum and science centre which opened in 2002, but all the collections are still owned by Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.
Display Overview
The collections are displayed in extensive purpose-built surroundings, usually by subject. Over the last twenty years there has been a near-continuous programme of display renewal and replacement, though some still await attention. Some Science and Industry collections are shown at Thinktank.
Star Objects
The Pre-Raphaelite collection, including ‘The Last of England’ by Ford Madox Brown. Canaletto's views of Warwick Castle. ‘The Madonna and Child enthroned with Saints’, painted in the new oil technique by Bellini in Venice in 1505. An elaborately bandaged Egyptian mummy from the third century. The 2.3-metre Sultanganj Buddha, which has been on display in Birmingham Museum since 1867. The Wonderwall - a selection of the museum’s most popular objects including a 1940s bomb and a 1970s Space Hopper. The Pinto Collection of over 7000 wooden objects. Ceramics by Wedgwood, the Worcester porcelain factory, William De Morgan, the Martin Brothers and the Ruskin Pottery.
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