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Cole Museum of Zoology – University of Reading

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    An inspiring history of zoology on campus

Cole Museum of Zoology

In the heart of campus, the Cole Museum of Zoology is a fascinating journey through natural history, perfect for both studying and seeking inspiration.

Home to 3,500 specimens from every era of earth's history, the Cole Museum of Zoology is a great resource for biological scientists and an exciting place for the public to visit.

Creatures great and small

Elephant in the Cole MuseumThe museum's huge collection contains specimens as various as the skeleton of an Indian elephant, a five metre python and two giant spider crabs. If you find the prehistoric world fascinating, the museum's collection of fossils will appeal to you. The museum's collection is used in several modules, allowing you to get close to what you're studying - 85% of the collection is held in laboratories and storage specifically for research and learning. We now have a digital tour feature in place to make exploring the collection easier.

A destination for the community Exhibit at the Cole museum

The museum is free and open to the public, with full disability access. We are keen to ensure that the museum's educational potential is realised, and accordingly run field trips for schools at Key Stage 1 and 2.


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Find out more about the museum's collections.

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