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A spacious university museum containing many specimens collected by Charles Darwin

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Whale Skeleton
British Birds
Collection of Shells
Fossil Collection
Skeleton Collection
The University Museum of Zoology houses a renowned collection of zoological material that is extensive and distinguished in its field. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council have even designated it as being of outstanding national and international significance!

Inside the Zoology museum
The gallery’s permanent display includes specimens of every group of animal you will find in the Museum’s entirety, both fossilized and still living. The layout of the galleries corresponds to the anatomy of the specimens and their evolutionary relationships, almost taking you on a journey through time as you progress round the displays. Much of the exhibit’s contents come from those great collecting expeditions of the 19th Century, which provided much of the world with the beginnings of zoological research. You’ll find amazing examples of the now extinct Dodo, Great Auk and Tasmanian wolf. There are also many of Charles Darwin’s finds from his voyage on the Beagle, and from his time at the University of Cambridge.

Various species of Scallops
One of the Museum’s most striking exhibits and advertisements is the great skeleton of the Finback Whale. It is exceeded in size only by the Blue Whale, the world’s largest mammal. The Whale that the skeleton on display comes from was one of the largest recorded sizes of a male of the species. It was sadly washed ashore, dead on Pevensey beach in Sussex, 1865. 40,000 people went to see the sight at the time, and the Museum later purchased the skeleton and made it available for even more people to marvel at.

The whale skeleton at the entrance
As well as the bones, eggs, fossils, insects and even skin that the Museum displays currently, it is always adding to its collections from its active role in research. For example, the excavation of the Channel Tunnel provided fossils of the earliest land vertebrae and molluscs. These provided vital information on the climate change of Europe over the past 10,000 years.
Visitor Information
The museum is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4.45pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm. Entrance is FREE. Tel: 01223 336 650

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