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
series of workshops

Join us for a series of 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 workshops coming up next…


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 workshop booking details coming soon for:

  • Saturday 4 July  Cambridge Sing and Swim
  • Sunday 19 July at  The Norris Museum
  • Date TBC at  Ely Museum
  • Saturday 22 or Sunday 23 August, workshops will be taking place in Pevensey where our Fin Whale skeleton was beached 150 years ago!
    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

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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: 28 May 2015