Monday – Friday 10:00 – 16:45
Saturday 11:00 – 16:00
The museum is open on Bank Holiday Monday May 27 2013 from 11:00 – 16:00
Please note that, subject to planning permission, the museum will be closing for refurbishment from Monday June 3 2013
Museum Celebrations in May half term
Monday May 27 – Saturday June 1
From Monday June 3 2013 the museum will be closed to the public for proposed refurbishment. Join us to celebrate the museum over the May half term holiday with hands on activities, behind the scenes tours, gallery talks and more.
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.
Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
The Museum of Zoology has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘Animals Galore – preserving and safeguarding diversity’ project. For further details, see the University of Cambridge website
The vertebrate and molluscan fauna of Cambridgeshire by the Rev. Leonard Jenyns
This new publication, edited by Dr Richard Preece and Prof Tim Sparks, reproduces Jenyns’ work with modern commentaries on the observations he made. Further details
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.
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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Families and group visitors enjoy our regularly-changing, free, self-led trails and activities. (Please note that groups visiting the museum must book in advance.)
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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.
The University Museum of Zoology is part of the Department of Zoology.