The diversity of animal life is on display in the University Museum of Zoology’s brand new galleries. From moths to monkeys, mammoths to manatees, discover stories of extinction, survival, evolution and exploration. 

Collection Highlights

- Cambridge’s largest resident – the 21m fin whale
- The giant ground sloth
- One of the most complete Dodo skeletons in the UK
- Captain Cook’s conch

Contact Us

Call: 01223 336650

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Research Enquiries and Image Permissions

For information about consulting the Museum’s collection for research purposes, see its research profile.

Please contact the Museum directly to request permission to use images of their collection. Visit their website for more information.  

The University's museums and Garden are within walking distance of each other. If travelling by car, we recommend using Park and Ride services


Zoology museum exterior
A school trip at the museum looking at objects
A school trip at the museum holding objects
Stuffed Aye-aye, which is a type of lemur
The Whale Hall at night
    Opening hours

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    Accessibility Information

    If you would like advice or information about visiting the Museum with special access requirements, please contact reception or see the website.

    A visual story: Museum of Zoology
    This visual guide will help your child know what to expect and ease the anxiety which often accompanies a visit to somewhere new and unfamiliar. Download the Museum of Zoology Visual Story to help plan your visit. 

    Physical Access
    The main Museum entrance is fully accessible from street level, via a ramp with handrails on both sides.

    There is a lift to all floors, although there is no lift access to the mezzanine level between the upper and lower galleries. Information on the mezzanine displays can be found at a viewing point in the upper gallery.

    A wheelchair is available for visitors. Please ask at Reception or call 01223 336650 during open hours to reserve a wheelchair for your visit.

    Seating is provided in locations in the upper and lower galleries and in the Whale Hall.

    Visibility impairments
    Please contact us if you would like large print labels for any part of the collection.

    Hearing impairments
    Induction loops:
    Induction loops are available in the Demonstration Room and Discovery Space. A portable loop is available for tours. Please call in advance to enquire.

    The Whale Hall is a large space with high ceilings, shared with the café, and so can become loud if busy. An ‘Ocean Song’ audio installation plays every 30 minutes, and runs for 15 minutes.The galleries can be noisy at peak times.

    Assistance dogs
    are very welcome. 

    Disabled parking
    The Museum has one accessible parking bay, located on the New Museums Site. To access this parking bay, please enter the site through the Pembroke Arch and speak to security via the intercom. The space is not bookable in advance. Limited blue badge parking is located in the Grand Arcade car park and on Trumpington Street, a 5 minute walk away.

    Verbal Description and Touch Tours
    The Museum of Zoology education team lead audio descriptive and touch tours as part of the University of Cambridge Museums ‘Making Sense’ tours programme.

    To find out more, or to book a verbal description or touch tour at the Museum of Zoology for your group, please contact the Public Engagement team on 01223 768918 or

    Changing Places Toilet
    The closest Changing Places toilet is located in the Grand Arcade car park. Locate more Changing Places toilets in Cambridge. 

    Additional Museum of Zoology Access Information
    Visit the AccessAble website