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
It’s the start of a four day break thanks to @UniofReading gifting us two days next week! Rhea seems very excited about this! @TaraPirie @ReadingBioSci #museumminibreak https://t.co/8KBmjmwgii ColeZoology photo
3 weeks ago
You’re going to like it! https://t.co/bpEDInOGwq
ColeZoology photo
tarapirie @TaraPirie
It is very exciting @UniRdg_News , I have just taken a very large delivery from @Paleocreations for the @ColeZoology in the new @ReadingBioSci building on @UniofReading https://t.co/nwz0US8DCY
  • Cole Museum

    University of Reading
    Health and Life Sciences Building
    Whiteknights
    Reading
    RG6 6EX
    CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO RELOCATION

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