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University Museum of Zoology

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Address: Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, England
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+44 1223 336650

This science museum houses collections of recent and fossil animals that...

This science museum houses collections of recent and fossil animals that were accumulated from 1814 to the present day, many of which were collected by Charles Darwin.

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Refurbishing in progress

The Museum of Zoology is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals. The Museum of Zoology is now closed for refurbishment until early 2017, with support from the... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2016
Jaipur, India
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Jaipur, India
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

The Museum of Zoology is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals. The Museum of Zoology is now closed for refurbishment until early 2017, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

If you love science, I know you will love this museum it houses most unique specimens including Darwin's own hand written collections of bugs and finches.

Thank I_Love_wandering
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Closed for refurbishment for 3 years(!) - see their website for details. Until it closed, it was great with a huge variety of interesting exhibits.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 May 2013 via mobile

Such a small museum but quite a lot to see. Very interesting. My kids loved it they are 10 and 6. Great afternoon.

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Reviewed 19 April 2013 via mobile

Was a little hard to find the entrance as its not clearly marked from the road. but once under the arch, you can see the skeleton of the killer whale hanging outside. We were the only ones here and it was fantastic. It wasn't huge but there was plenty to excite and interest the kids. The labels are a little... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

I thought the museum was very nice and thorough for its size. I enjoyed seeing the exhibits of Darwin's creatures. Very nice.

Thank Peppermint7
Thetford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2013 via mobile

We went on a day when a special talk was being done for the kids. The speaker was first rate, informative but lively enough to keep about 50 under 10's occupied. The kids were then encouraged to handle some of the exhibits including an elephants leg bone and a Nile crocodiles skull. The rest of the museum was as you... More 

1 Thank fiona a
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

A really good variety of specimens under a relatively small roof. Full skeletons of giant mammals, preserved sea creatures, fossils, bones and a large collection of stuffed birds from the UK and the tropics.

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Fulbourn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

I'm a palaeontologist so I guess I have a real interest in bones and stuff, I visit alone often as it is free and I enjoy walking along and back the amazing whale skeleton outside for exercise. My step niece and my 20 year old son a Marine Biology Student and my wife a Lecturer in Health and Social Care... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

This museum is a slice of zoological history. It reeks of the victoria/georgian collector adventurer scouring the globe for specimen to bring back to their beloved university haunt. Amidst the moth eaten animals and bird sit row upon row of pickled curiosities from squid to platapus. It can not be seen simply as a museum but must also be viewed... More 

Thank tom g

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