University Museum of Zoology

Due to renovations, the University Museum of Zoology will be closed to the public until 2016.

University Museum of Zoology Finback Whale

The Finback Whale and other animal skeletons, courtesy of The University Museum of Zoology

Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ
Tel: +44 0 1223 336650

A Whale of a Museum

When making a visit to Cambridge, make sure to visit the University Museum of Zoology for a healthy dose of science and history. Zoology is the study of the animal kingdom, and this Cambridge attraction is dedicated to the history and progression of this fascinating science.

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The majority of the museum’s materials were gathered during the great collecting expeditions of the 19th century, when scientists began to lay the groundwork for modern understandings of animal life. Pieces in today’s collection range from the fossilized eggs of extinct birds to a massive skeleton of a Finback Whale. The University Museum of Zoology even showcased many of the original specimens collected on Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle.

The majority of the museum’s materials were gathered during the great collecting expeditions of the 19th century. It was at this time when scientists began to lay the groundwork for modern understandings of animal life. Pieces in today’s collection range from the fossilized eggs of extinct birds to a massive skeleton of a Finback Whale.

The Finback Whale is the world’s second largest animal, so even getting its skeleton ready for the renovations was a monstrous task.  To see how much work was put into its removal (and to get a glimpse at its new home) check out this short video!

The Museum of Zoology’s permanent displays strive to exhibit at least one specimen of every group of animal that the museum holds. The pieces are organized by size and complexity, with the smaller, simpler vertebrates on the first level leading to larger birds and mammals in the lower gallery.

Whether you’re a professional zoologist or casual animal-lover, the University Museum of Zoology makes for one of the most interesting places to visit in Cambridge.

Young Zoologist Club and UMZC Zoology Club

University Museum of Zoology Young Zoologist Club

Courtesy of The University Museum of Zoology

For the little animal-lover in your life, the museum has the Young Zoologists Club. Children from six to thirteen years old will receive priority booking to special events as well as a quarterly newsletter about different animals.

The museum also has the UMZC Zoology Club, which works with young adults aged fourteen to eighteen.  Members also get priority booking and a quarterly newsletter, but are also invited to attend talks and scientific debates provided by the museum.

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