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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.
 

Museum of Zoology at Cambridge Science Festival 2014

Nautilus, University Museum of Zoology. Cambridge

Join us for hands on activities at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science on Saturday March 15 as we explore patterns in nature, and at the Cambridge Science Centre on Saturday March 22 where we will have live insects and more to look at animal camouflage and mimicry. For details see our Events page

Discoveries
Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

Punnett Butterflies

Two Temple Place, London January 31 – April 27 2014

Discoveries is the first major exhibition to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums.

 Two Temple Place

Changes to Academic Research

Academic Research 2013-2016

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 2016, 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 2016.

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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Last updated: 20 March 2014