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.

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Ocean Song: Sounds of the Sea Project Launch

November 15, 14:00-15:30 at The Polar Museum
Listen to the results of the first Ocean Song workshop through our  Ocean Song Blog Here you can also find out more about this exciting sound art project collecting voices of the community to create a soundtrack for the Museum’s iconic Finback Whale.

A Cambridge Safari

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

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BioBlitz Cambridge 2014

June 27-June 28 at Madingley Hall
A big thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s BioBlitz. The results are coming in, so keep checking the websties for the species we found!
BioBlitz Cambridge 2014 page

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

Last updated: 24 March 2015