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. Ten of the 20 workshops taking place will be open to the public and will take place at a number of partner museums.

Follow the progress of the soundscape on the  Ocean Song Blog

Previous Ocean Song workshops are listed on our Past Events page

More Ocean Song public workshops coming up:

  • Ocean Song Project finale Saturday 14 November 2015, 3pm-5pm,  Free Booking essential. Suitable for 8 year olds and upwards.
    Join us for this last chance to add your voice to the sound installation which will accompany the Fin Whale skeleton in the new Whale Hall at the Museum of Zoology when it reopens in 2016! Revisit highlights from the series of workshops which have been taking place since November 2014, listen to Chris talk about his work and hear his recordings from around the world. Then experiment with your own voices, with the help of Rowena as we build the sound piece together. No singing experience necessary.

This workshop series is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council for England.
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 Festival of Ideas 2015

The Big Game Night
Thursday 22 October 6pm-7.30pm
At the  Polar Museum
Free. Suitable for 18yrs+
Booking essential.  Follow this link for Big Game Night places
Back due to popular demand, The Museum of Zoology, The Whipple Museum & The Polar Museum bring you a night of entertainment with our very own game show Q-ice. Watch as our contestants battle out for museum domination with our wise and witty compere, Ed Turner. Points will be given for knowledge, perseverance and of course for pure entertainment value.

Explorers and Collectors Activity Day
Wednesday 28 October 10.30am-3.30pm
At the  Polar Museum
Free. Drop-in activities
Exploring the unknown, expeditions to find rare artefacts, collecting specimens of creatures from the distant past… Join the University of Cambridge Museums as we celebrate the explorers and collectors that make our museums. Science experiments, craft activities and much more throughout the day as you get the chance to be an explorer yourself! We’ll be popping up at the Polar Museum with specimens, crafts and games alongside the Botanic Garden, the Whipple Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Science Festival 2016

We’ll be teaming up with our new  Cambridge Conservation Initiative neighbours in the near future.

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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Last updated: 5 November 2015