Cole Museum of Zoology
Museum type :

Established in :

Holidays :
Sat and Sunday

Visiting Hours :
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Contact No :
0118 378 6355

Location :
Berkshire, England , United Kingdom

Display Objects :

Over 4000 zoological specimens are contained in this fascinating museum. Specimens are drawn from all across the globe, and include an extensive marine collection. Much attention is made at the museum to dissected specimens, showing visitors at first hand the diverse biology of our planet and its diverse inhabitants.

Description :

The Museum was established in the early 20th century by Francis J. Cole, Professor of Zoology from 1907 to 1939. The Collection was originally housed at the London Road campus until the early 1970s when it was transported to its present location at Whiteknights.The Cole Museum of Zoology contains some 3500 specimens of which about 400 are on display at any one time. Specimens are arranged in 27 cases in taxonomic sequence enabling a complete tour of the diversity of the Animal Kingdom to be completed in less than one hour. A further six cases display temporary exhibits that highlight particular aspects of the Collection. In 2003, the Museum underwent an extensive refurbishment program funded by the University of Reading Teaching and Learning Development Fund, and a grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Board. Highlights of the Collection include complete skeletons of a male Indian Elephant, a Killer Whale, a five metre Reticulated Python, and a pair of Giant Spider Crabs.