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We regret to announce that the Museum of Zoology will be closed from 4.30pm on 17 March 2020.

In response to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and volunteers, we are closing the Museum temporarily. We are currently booking visits for dates after 26th October 2020 only, and monitoring the situation going forward.

Although the Museum is closed, we will still be communicating online, via our website and on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. Our online resources for teachers to use in the classroom, or students to access from home, are available via Learning Resources in the Learning menu above.
We will continue to share stories, news and information about all things zoological, and we hope that you will share your animal related stories with us too.

We will be re-opening as soon as it is safe to do so, and look forward to welcoming you back at that time. If you would like to get in touch regarding a current booking, please do so on

Best Wishes
The Museum of Zoology Team

School Visits

There is no charge for our standard school sessions, but donations are welcomed to support the Museum learning programme (recommended donation of £3 per child).

If you are a UK based school, wishing to visit the Museum with your class, please use the booking form to make a request. Please note that the Museum is closed on Mondays. We advice submitting a request at least 2 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment and allow time to receive a confirmation.

All other groups should use our group booking form (including international schools) or language school booking form.


Museum-led workshops for school groups

1-2 hours long led by a member of the Museum Learning Team. All Museum-led workshops support the National Curriculum, and are available for KS1-2. These taught sessions include hands on activities and time exploring the museum galleries, and are available on the themes of KS1 Habitats, Lower KS2 Skeletons and Upper KS2 Evolution and Adaptations. A member of our team will contact you to discuss the content and other details of your visit. We are happy to discuss bespoke taught sessions in the Museum, but because of the extra work required we do charge for this service.

Museum-led workshops are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time.

For further information on each available school session please follow the links below:

Museum-led workshops for Special Educational Needs

Our museum-led workshops combine hands-on activities with gallery exploration, and are great for students with a variety of learning styles or additional access needs. Our teaching team are happy to discuss the content of your session and any other details that may be useful in helping your students make the most of their visit. To book a visit please complete an enquiry form or get in touch with any questions via

Meet the Experts for Secondary

Our Meet the Experts programme provides engaging, current science sessions, led by scientists from the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology and supported by the museum learning team. Designed for KS3 and 4, these sessions will often relate to the research that the scientists are undertaking, using hands on activities and an alternative look at the Museums collection to inspire an interest in pursuing science in further education.

To book a Meet the Experts session please complete a schools visit request form and select this session when prompted. Please note that our Meet the Experts sessions can take a little longer to schedule, please allow at least 4 weeks notice when booking.

Self-led visits for school groups

If our Learning Team are unavailable, or you do not want a taught session in the Museum, a self-led visit may be available. Booking is required for self-led visits. Please choose the self-led option on the booking form. The below resources are designed to help you make the most of your class visit. These activities focus on a range of curriculum themes, from habitats to adaptation and are available for you to download and print before your visit:

Lunch Room

The Museum has a lunch room available for schools to book Tuesday-Friday during term time. The lunch room has a capacity of a maximum of 30 students and is scheduled into your day in 30 minute slots. Please see the schools booking form for details.  You may like to combine a visit to the Museum of Zoology with one of the other museums close by? Visit the University of Cambridge museums website for details of sessions available:

Museum of Zoology in the classroom

We have a brand new range of classroom resources, including online packs and loans boxes for KS1-4 . See our Learning Resources page.  For more information about our Meet the Experts outreach programme for KS3 see our Schools Outreach  information.