We will be reopening early 2017.

Help us #raisethewhale, reap wonderful rewards!
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We desperately need YOUR help to raise the remaining £81,000 to re-display our iconic Finback Whale skeleton and other large specimens. 100% of your donation will go towards the cleaning, conservation and exhibiting of our large vertebrates and preserve our world-class collections for generations to come. In return for your donations we are offering some special rewards, from colourful fridge magnets to tote bags, or a chance to win a pair of tickets to our exclusive VIP reopening! Whale bones are also available to sponsor and all donations over £500 will be permanently acknowledged on a plaque beneath the whale in the new Museum. Further information about donations and rewards

Sir David Attenborough visits the Museum of Zoology

Arup building named in honour of Sir David Attenborough

On Tuesday 21st of April, the Arup Building, the building housing the Museum and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, was officially renamed The David Attenborough Building, in honour of the great naturalist and presenter. We had the enormous privilege of taking Sir David on a tour behind the scenes. Further details

A Cambridge Safari

Download our Cambridge Safari Trail, finding the animals in the architecture around the city centre.  Cambridge Safari Trail

Museum of Zoology awarded £1.8 million grant from Heritage Lottery Fund

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The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £1.8 million towards the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. This funding will support ambitious plans to completely redevelop the Museum of Zoology with displays showcasing the wonders of the animal kingdom, and new stores to preserve its outstanding collections for the future. Wonders of the Animal Kingdom project pages
In order to realise our ambitious plans we need to raise additional funds. Any donation, however small, will help.

Snail Shell collection comes to an end!

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Thank you to all of you who helped us collect snail shells over the summer! Collection has ended as we now have well over the target of 300! Some identifications will be sent to the  Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland and all shells will now be passed over to artists  Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey who will embed them in the Tree of Life art installation. The project is in partnership with the  Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the piece will cover the entire end wall of the new museum foyer, currently pictured in our  Facebook cover photo.

Changes to Academic Research

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There are some important changes to the accessibility of the collections for research over the next 3 years. Please click the link below for further details.

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Rhino horn thefts:

Owing to thefts of rhino horn in UK museums, all UMZC rhino horn material has been removed from the premises to a secure location. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Wonders of the Animal Kingdom

A New Museum of Zoology

University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

The Museum of Zoology is now closed for refurbishment until early 2017, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Find out more about the redevelopment on the Wonders of the Animal Kingdom project pages, and the online publication  Wonders of the Animal Kingdom. In order to realise our ambitious plans and provide a Museum that our collections deserve, we need to raise additional funds. Any donation, however small, will help. To make a donation, please go to the  University of Cambridge Online Giving page

Follow progress of the Museum’s redevelopment with the  Inside the Cocoon blog. We have expanded digital access to our collections with the  Animal Bytes blog telling stories behind the collections, and our new  Store Stories project with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Whipple Museum of the History of Science, giving a glimpse of the work behind the scenes at the museums.

The Young Zoologists and Zoology Clubs will continue to run, and we have an active outreach programme throughout the closure.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new museum in early 2017.

The Museum of Zoology is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals.

Our collections rival those of the major university museums world-wide, and are used for academic study by researchers within and beyond the University.
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Displays trace the evolution of animal life, with intricately beautiful shells, a comprehensive collection of British birds, and many large skeletons of mammals.
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Our events include art and photographic exhibitions, talks and family fun days.
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Darwin at the Museum of Zoology The Museum has strong links to Darwin. A permanent exhibition was opened in 2009 displaying specimens collected and used by Darwin, including animals collected during the Beagle voyage, and beetles he collected while he was an undergradate student at Cambridge.

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The University Museum of Zoology is part of the Department of Zoology.Department of Zoology logo

Last updated: 9 March 2016