Whale Hall of the Museum of Zoology
© University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
- The Museum of Zoology, part of Cambridge University’s Department of Zoology, is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals. The Museum of Zoology is currently closed for refurbishment. Our animals are not ready to greet you yet! We are working as hard as we can to get the museum finished, and plan to open in 2018. It will be well worth the wait! Once reopen the Museum will have new displays, a café, shop and an impressive new glass entrance hall housing our largest specimen, a skeleton of the 70ft long Finback Whale. Our newly refurbished galleries will show off our wonderful zoological collections, some of which were collected by Charles Darwin. Our new displays will trace the evolution of animal life, with intricately beautiful shells, a comprehensive collection of British birds, and many large skeletons of mammals. Our collections rival those of the major university museums world-wide, and are used for academic study by researchers within and beyond the University. The entire collection of the museum is a Designated Collection of national importance. Families and group visitors will enjoy our regularly-changing, free, self-led trails and activities. Please visit our website or follow us on social media pages to keep up to date with the progress of the Museum's redevelopment.