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  • Visiting with families

The Museum of Zoology is a great place to visit with your family. Entry to the Museum is free for everyone.

What's On for families 

We have lots of family events throughout the year, both online and in-person events. Check out our What's On pages for all the details.

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.

Facilities

Lifts - the Museum has an upper and a lower gallery, with lift access. 

Lockers -  Pushchairs can be left in our Locker Room located in the Whale Hall. To ensure the safety of our exhibits, visitors are not permitted to bring any large items, such as suitcases, scooters, fold-up bicycles and musical instruments into the galleries. Lockers are available, free of charge (items are left at your own risk)

Seating - Small foldaway stools are available to borrow if you are unable to walk around the Museum without a periodic rest and as long as social distancing rules are observed.

Toilets will be open and cleaned regularly.

A Changing Places Toilet can be found in the Grand Arcade shopping centre on the Level -1 of the South (Lower) car park. This is located next to the Car Park Customer Service office and Shopmobility with disabled parking. Provided by Cambridge City Council. See website for details:

http://changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org/toilet/view/90

Whale Café – open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm. 

Shop – the Museum shop, located in the Whale Hall offers a wide range of quality gift items, greetings cards, cuddly toys and pocket money toys. Contactless purchases only. 

Our Visual Story

The visual story available via the link below will give you an idea of what to expect when visiting the Museum. This can be useful for children and young people who experience anxiety visiting somewhere new:

Explorer Bags and Trails

Explorer bags are not available to borrow at the moment. 

Trails for adults and chldren are available in the Museum or to download.

Animal Sounds for Young Visitors

The Museum of Zoology and Teddington group for parents and children under 5 have been exploring animals in the Museum collection and natural world together over the past year.

The Teddington group is made up of parents and children from all over the world now living in Eddington. While exploring the animal kingdom together, we found out that different languages have assigned different sounds to various animals. This could be due to the different sounds we are used to making in our own languages, to the variety of sounds or calls made by different species across the world, or both!

Together we explored this idea further and created a video to welcome other international families and all young children to the Museum to create animal sounds.

Thank you to our Teddington families for inspiring and making sounds for this video, and to our Festival of Ideas visitors for adding your own sounds to the mix.

What does the animal say? Video

Zoology Clubs

The Museum offers two Zoology Clubs, which are both free of charge, and offer a range of events, plus a newsletter throughout the year.

Young Zoologists Club (ages 6-12)

Members will receive a quarterly newsletter by email, packed with animal facts, profiles of the animals in our collections, and news of upcoming events and workshops. On joining, members in the UK receive a welcome pack of animal goodies in the post.

Young Zoologists are invited to book onto hands-on workshops and special events put on for club members.

https://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk/learning-outreach/young-zoologists-club

 

Zoology Club (ages13-18)

The Museum of Zoology runs a Zoology Club for 13-18 year olds interested in animals and the science of zoology.

Members will receive a quarterly newsletter by email, packed with zoology information, profiles of the animals in our collections, and news of upcoming events and workshops. On joining, members in the UK receive a welcome pack in the post. 

Zoology Club members are invited to book onto hands-on workshops, special events, talks and scientific debates.

https://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk/learning-outreach/zoology-club