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The University Museum of Zoology in Cambridge will reopen on Thursday 20 May, after many months of closure. From May 20th visitors will be able to enter the Museum by booking their free ticket online in advance. The Museum will open with all the safety measures in place, with limited ticket numbers, timed entry slots and social distancing arrangements within the galleries. Over the past 12 months, over 100 specimens have been added to the displays, including a huge taxidermy tarpon as you enter the museum (a large-mouthed silver-coloured fish), golden eagles and a fur seal.  Plus many visitors will not have seen the new British Bird gallery, which opened in February 2020, just prior to the first lockdown. The Museum will continue to operate a one way system around the specimens, with various trails available for adults and children. All visitors, staff and volunteers will be required to wear face-coverings.

Jack Ashby, Assistant Director of the Museum said ‘The Museum team have worked really hard to ensure that the Museum offers a safe and relaxed environment for visitors on their return. In addition to the safety measures that are in place, we have also been preparing our specimens for the reopening. This includes the meticulous cleaning of our largest animal – the 21 metre long fin whale, which is hanging in the entrance to the Museum. Here in Cambridge we have one of the most important natural history collections in the UK, and we are looking forward to sharing it again.’

Free tickets will be available to book from Thursday 13 May at 10am. For more information go to