Natural history is the study of animals and plants and other living things. It includes subjects such as geology, botany and zoology.

In 2007 Warrington Museum & Art Gallery collaborated with the Natural History Museum in London to produce an exhibition called ‘Natural Curiosity‘.


Geology is the study of the Earth’s structure, surface, and origins. The Museum’s geology collection consists of over 9,000 objects, two thirds of them fossils. Many of these fossils were originally collected by Warrington Natural History Society, such as the Chirotherium footprints from nearby Lymm,

Other geological objects were donated by local benefactors such as Thomas Glazebrook Rylands who donated his collection of minerals from around the world.

Botany and Zoology

Originally set up as a resource for the academic study of plants and animals, the Museum’s botanical and zoological collections include examples collected locally and from around the world.

The botany collection consists of over 9,000 specimens including plants and mosses collected by famous Warrington botanist William Wilson. Kew Gardens also donated a number of examples of economic botany.

The Zoological collection includes many thousands of reptiles, amphibians and spiders collected by Linnaeus Greening. It also includes a collection of shells donated by Colonel J.A. Edelsten.