About the museum

The Cole Museum of Zoology is owned and managed by the University of Reading

It was established by Professor Francis Cole in 1906 when the University was known as University College Reading. The Cole Museum of Zoology represents a snapshot of animal diversity in the early 20th century and has always been used to teach zoology and comparative anatomy. The Museum is home to thousands of specimens of great zoological significance, including taxidermy, skeletons, histological preparations, fluid-preserved dissections, fossil material, casts, and some superb models of developmental stages and extinct animals.

The museum was closed prior to the Covid-19 crisis because it is relocating to the new Health and Life Sciences Building. It will reopen at some point in 2021. Please keep an eye on our Twitter feed and website for information.

5 days ago
This is our current archaeopteryx model. Hmmm. Wait until you get a look at the new one! From the same stable as Kevin the ichthyostega ⁦ @Paleocreations⁩ - so excited https://t.co/Gwyu5ALXLc ColeZoology photo
1 week ago
In case you’ve forgotten Kevin - he’s the number one University mascot in England and a rising star of the new museum. Currently in lockdown alone ⁦ @UniofReadinghttps://t.co/80AvGQzEDU ColeZoology photo

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@vandenoort https://t.co/RcCafSSJJh unfortunately our camel is long past having antibodies although it came from a microbiology background! @RSofPharmacy
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