The Museum is now closed for redevelopment until 2016 with initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (for details see . Follow the progress of the refurbishment project on the Museum’s University of Cambridge website. See stories behind museum specimens on the Inside the Cocoon blog and tales from behind the scenes at the Museum on the Animal Bytes website. Store Stories blog
Festival of Ideas 2013
This year we are taking part in the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas programme. Details about where to find us are on our events page.
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
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.
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 now closed to the public to prepare for major refurbishment work.
The Young Zoologists and Zoology Clubs will continue to run, and we have an active outreach programme throughout the closure, starting with BioBlitz Cambridge 2013, our 24 hour species count which this year takes place at Wandlebury Country Park on June 21-22.
Follow progress of the Museum’s redevelopment with the . We have expanded digital access to our collections with the Inside the Cocoon blog blog telling stories behind the collections, and our new Animal Bytes 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. Store Stories
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.
The University Museum of Zoology is part of the Department of Zoology.