Highlights of the Cole Museum

cole museumWhen you walk through the entrance of the Cole Museum you are greeted by the skeleton of our male Indian Elephant with his prominent tusks. An ex-circus performer from 19th century Liverpool, this specimen was acquired by Professor Cole for the Museum collection in 1921, at a price of £42.

Also, hanging from the ceiling is the skeleton of a False Killer Whale. Originally found stranded in the Dornoch Firth, Scotland in the Autumn of 1927, the whale was owned by London’s Natural History Museum until its transfer to the Cole collection in 1935.

Cartoon by Henry De la Beche. 'Professor Ichthyosaurus' describes a human skull as a member of 'the lower order of animals'!From far away oceans off the coast of Japan come the Giant Spider crabs, with large skeletons of such breadth that they would certainly collapse if they tried to walk on land. Look out for the five metre long Reticulated Python with over 400 vertebrae. These snakes are the largest in the world and come from the jungles of Southeast Asia. Our specimen came all the way from the Raffles Museum in Singapore.

The Cole Museum is now the proud owner of a fossil Ichthyosaur, a marine reptile from the Jurassic period. This specimen is wonderfully preserved. It is thought to have been uncovered in a German quarry early in the 20th century.

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