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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 well being of our staff, visitors and volunteers, we are closing the Museum temporarily. All public events have also been postponed or cancelled. 

Although the Museum is closed, we will still be communicating online, via our website and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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.  
Should you need to contact the team please email

Best Wishes
The Museum of Zoology Team


Highlights Tour

We are not open at the moment, but you can still have a look around at some of our highlights, with zoology students Josh and Seth. 

Welcome to the Museum of Zoology. With thousands of specimens on display, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the wonders of animal life. 
Entry to the Museum is free. 

Our Opening Times:

Monday:                         Closed (open Bank Holiday Mondays:12 noon to 4.30pm)

Tues to Sat:                   10am to 4.30pm

Sunday:                         12noon to 4.30pm


 Visitors making a special trip are advised to check opening times beforehand by contacting the Museum.

Cows About Cambridge 2020: You may have seen from our What's On leaflet that we will be taking part in the Cows About Cambridge art trail.  The trail was due to start on 30 March 2020. However, the team at Cows about Cambridge has decided to delay delivery of this world-class art trail for the time being, as a precautionary measure to help limit the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). As soon as we have a new date, we will share it with you. 

The Museum welcomes family visitors warmly. Children, however young, as well as adults get a great deal out of their visits but please note that children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to the University’s holiday closure, we are not able to open on Good Friday and for the period between Christmas and New Year.

Entry to the museum is free.

Contact Us:


Telephone: 01223 336650

Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge. CB2 3EJ


How to find us:

Take a look at a map here

The Museum is located on the New Museums Site, right in the heart of Cambridge City Centre. Enter the site through the Pembroke Arch on Downing Street. Entrance to the Museum is via the Whale Hall, which has a step free access.

By car: There is no visitor parking. The nearest car park is the multi storey Grand Arcade car park, the entrance is on Corn Exchange Street. Cambridge City Centre is served by several Park and Ride sites, all of which have large car parks. For information about Park and Ride sites, please click here.

By bus: The museum is a 5 minute or 500 metre walk from the main bus station at Drummer Street. For more information please see

By train: Cambridge Station is a 20 minute or 1.1 mile walk from the museum. Trains run frequently to London Kings Cross (55 minute journey time).  Taxis and buses run frequently from the station to the city centre.

For more information please see

Cambridge University Museum of Zoology

Access Information

Full details on access to the Museum can be found here


Taking photographs and drawing in the Museum

Taking photographs in the Museum

Visitors are welcome to take and share photos for non-commercial purposes. Anyone wishing to take photos for purposes with commercial potential must contact the Museum in advance.

Photography may be prohibited for some temporary exhibitions, please ask a volunteer or member of staff if unsure.

The use of tripods, selfie sticks, external flashes, lighting are not permitted within the Museum.

Visitors are not permitted to film other visitors (except their own friends and family, with their permission).

Production companies interested in using the Museum as a filming location should contact the Museum. Please note that filming is not permitted during public opening hours.



Drawing in the Museum

Visitors are welcome to sketch with dry materials within the Museum. Please do not use pastels, charcoals or wet materials such as paint or ink, and be mindful of blocking the routes of other visitors.

Art groups wishing to make a group visit should book through the group booking system.