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“Great Variety”

University Museum of Zoology
Ranked #79 of 167 things to do in Cambridge
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Owner description: This place is temporarily closed for refurbishment. 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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11 reviews
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“Great Variety”
Reviewed 9 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.

Visited February 2013
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Fulbourn, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“Evolutionary Excellence.”
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 have all accompanied me for a mini tour a real mix but they all loved it, especially the young folk, I couldn't get them out. Nobody hassles you, just wander about taking in the diversity, draw the skeletons, the youngest was thrilled to guess the animals from their remains and wonder at how this magnificent collection came to be. If your kids have watched Attenborough's Africa or Brian Cox's thing on the BBC bring them here to back up their learning. Oh and just along the road there is the Adam Sedgwick Palaeontological Museum another gem which is free. Cambridge spoils the scientist in a good way. Excellent.

Visited September 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“The land that time forgot”
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 as the anthropological look at an england long passed.


Visited January 2013
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“Big great big shark. Big teeth. Go raar!”
Reviewed 11 January 2013 via mobile

I took my 2 year old who was pretty impressed with whale skeletons, but could not be convinced they weren't sharks!
This is a small, bright, easily accessible museum. Lots of exhibits in cabinets, and lots of free-standing skeletons. My boy stayed in his pushchair as he was pretty tired, but had he been running about I might have had trouble keeping him off the skeletons!
Great for kids without being kiddified, and interesting for adults. You could go for a quick sight-seeing whizz round, or study for hours.

1 Thank JayHermit
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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“children love it or hate it”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

there are lots of bones to see, dinosaurs, hippos, cats etc, everything is nicely exhibited, they also have a gift shop, actually worth a peek!

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