Visiting the Museum

The newly redeveloped Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Lapworth Museum of Geology is now open following an extensive redevelopment.

Visitors can now enjoy a state-of-the-art museum experience showcasing one of the UK’s most outstanding rock, fossil and mineral collections, through a range of innovative and interactive exhibits – all completely free of charge

Opening times

Lapworth Museum of Geology and Barber Institue of Fine Art - Closed to the public until further notice

In light of the government’s announcement that people should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues as part of ‘social distancing’ measures, the Lapworth Museum of Geology and the Barber Institute of Fine Art will be closed to the public until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to being able to welcome visitors again when we reopen.

Getting here

The Lapworth Museum is easily accessible by a range of sustainable transport methods. We are a five minute walk from the University Station and on multiple cycle and bus routes. Please see the links below for details.

The Lapworth Museum is located within the Aston Webb A Block building just off the Ring Road South - the building is marked as R4 on the map. 


Parking is free of charge to all visitors on campus during the weekend and all visitors will be allowed access to the University campus in order to park – you can often park right outside the door!

During the weekdays there is limited parking access at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, and as always we would encourage our visitors to use public transport.

If however you would prefer to visit us via car during the week; when approaching the University you will be directed to our multi-story car park, the North East Car Park. This is a pay and display car park (change only), and is a short 10 minute walk from the Museum (see link below).

Should you be a visitor with a Blue Badge, please approach the University campus via our ring road (see our Edgbaston Campus Map above), inform the security staff of your needs and you should be allowed on site. There are a small number of blue badge spaces adjacent to the Museum.

Please note the museum and its staff are unable to reserve parking spaces for members of the public (blue badge holders or otherwise). 

Food & Drink

The Lapworth Museum of Geology has a limited number of confectionary items, including hot drinks (via a vending machine), for sale in the Museum Shop. If you are looking for a more substantial meal there are a number of places on the University of Birmingham Campus: Food and Drink on Campus