Museum Closure

Although the Museum’s galleries are closed, there is an active outreach programme during the closure period. For details see the Outreach and Schools page


Ocean Song: Sounds of the Sea

Join us for our Ocean Song workshops in which we’ll be creating a sound installation to accompany our Fin Whale skeleton in its new home in 2016. Award-winning sound artist  Chris Watson will be sharing some of his fascinating recordings with us and showing us how to record underwater sounds from local waterways. Local choir leader  Rowena Whitehead will be leading workshops in which participants can explore sound production with their own voices.  CAMEO will also be joining us for workshops in local schools. Recordings from all the workshops will be arranged by Chris Watson and Rowena Whitehead into a piece to be played permanently in the new Whale Hall when we reopen in 2016.

Follow the progress of the soundscape on the  Ocean Song Blog

Ocean Song Pevensey

Normans Bay near Pevensey

Sunday 23 August, 11am-1pm at Normans Bay, and 3pm-5pm at St Nicolas’ Church, Pevensey

We are excited to have award-winning wildlife sound recorder  Chris Watson leading a free workshop on Normans Bay, Pevensey, the site where our amazing Finback Whale washed ashore in 1865, collecting the sounds of the sea for the Ocean Song soundscape. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about sound recording and to hear the incredible sounds of the natural world. Numbers are limited and booking is essential. To book a place, email  umzc   zoo cam ac uk

In the afternoon, Chris will be joined by choir leader Rowena Whitehead at St. Nicolas’ Church, Church Lane, Pevensey,BN24 5LD and together they will take you on a sound journey from seashore to open ocean and creating the song and sounds of the sea. This is a chance to add your voice to the sound installation being created to accompany the Finback Whale in his new home.  Online Booking for Ocean Song at St Nicolas’ Church, Pevensey

Ocean Song Ely

Ely Ocean Song

Thursday 27 August, 3pm-4.30pm & 7pm-8.30pm at Ely Museum

We will be bringing the Ocean Song project to Ely Museum on August 27th. Discover our amazing Finback Whale, and be taken on a sound journey from seashore to open ocean with the recordings of award-winning wildlife sound recorder Chris Watson. Explore your own voice and create sounds and songs of the sea with choir leader Rowena Whitehead, and join us in creating a symphony of the oceans to record and weave into the Ocean Song soundscape for the new Museum of Zoology.  Online booking for Ocean Song Ely

 Find out more about Ely Museum

Previous Ocean Song workshops…

Saturday 18 April, 2pm-3.30pm at  Wicken Fen
This is an adult workshop suitable for 12yrs+ only
Booking essential. Limited places. To apply for tickets please email  umzc   zoo cam ac uk

We are excited to announce a special workshop as part of the Ocean Song project working with  Chris Watson Chris Watson, known for his work on David Attenborough’s Life series and Frozen Planet, as well as work for radio, and creating sound pieces for Museums and other cultural institutions will be leading this workshop to capture the sounds of the waterways and their wildlife at Wicken Fen. It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet Chris, learn about recording in the natural world, and discover a world of sound from the different watery habitats around the great Wicken Fen nature reserve.

Please note, this is a popular event with a very limited number of places available. Maximum two places per booking. On this occasion we are unable to take any children under the age of 12.

More Ocean Song public workshops:

This workshop series is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council for England.
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Snail Trails towards a Green Museum

Series of workshops for community groups and schools

Join the University Zoology Museum Outreach team for an introduction to the diversity of snails in the UK and the chance to get your hands on some serious molluscs! With the schools and community groups we will be collecting empty snail shells which will be used in a public artwork by Ackroyd and Harvey to be displayed permanently on the outside of the new Museum of Zoology, in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. To organise a workshop in your grounds email  umzc   zoo cam acuk

Previous workshop:

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A Cambridge Safari

Take a closer look as you walk around our fine city and you can find animals lurking in the walls, the floors, the doorways… Download our Cambridge Safari Trail to find the zoology in the buildings here  Cambridge Safari Trail, and tweet us pictures of what you can find:
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Coming up this summer:

 Fun Lab

  • Saturday 11 July, on Parker’s Piece

 Summer at the Museums 2015

  • Monday 10 August, pop-up MoZ at  The Whipple Museum For Darwin Delights from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.
  • Zoology Club opens its doors to all 13-18 year olds details coming soon


  • First three weeks of August: Find us for Big Wednesdays and Community Thursdays on Greens around Cambridge for specimen handling, crafts and games
Last updated: 10 August 2015