Academic use

Restrictions on accessing the Museum’s Collections

The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge is currently undergoing an exciting programme of redevelopment to improve the building services, enhance our collection stores and improve our gallery.


This much needed project started in June 2013 and over the redevelopment period and beyond there will be a limit to the level of support we can provide to our much valued external research community as well as limits to the physical accessibility of the collections.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience and hope that everybody understands the need to provide the best possible care for these scientifically invaluable collections and preserve them for the future.

If you have any questions, please contact the Museum’s Collections Manager, Mathew Lowe on  mwl34   cam ac uk.

Use of the Collection during this period

Where possible the Collections will be open to scientists and students for the purpose of non-commercial, scientific research.

Requests to visit the collection should be made with as much advanced notice as possible, either in writing to one of the curators or to the Collections Manager, with a specific date(s) for the proposed visit.

Please be aware that there may be periods of time when the Collections are either inaccessible or the Museum staff are unable to host your visit. We will endeavour to limit disruption during this period but anticipate that we will not be able to deliver the level of service that we have maintained in recent years.

Prior to arranging travel, visitors should receive confirmation from UMZC staff regarding the proposed dates. We request that visitors provide us with as much information as possible about the material they wish to study prior to their visit, which will be made available in a designated study area.

Last updated: 13 September 2017