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.

Museum Update:

The museum has been relocated to the new Health and Life Sciences Building and has started to be used by students during teaching sessions. We are still currently finalising the exhibits, but will update you here when we are ready to welcome visitors! Please keep an eye on our Twitter feed and the website for information on how we are progressing! (Last updated 26/10/21)

We all love our new ichthyosaur model, Tara perhaps too much! @ Cole Museum of Zoology https://t.co/cB52boMdva
Thanks to Bob Nicholls @Paleocreations for a fascinating talk on making a new Archaeopteryx model and description of latest research that led to his wonderful model now on display @ColeZoology @TaraPirie @ReadingBioSci @ACallaZoo @UniofReading https://t.co/Fdg05crW17 ColeZoology photo

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We've had Reading Museum, The MERL and The Ure on the site since launch.

And now @ColeZoology has taken its rightful place beside them. And there are two wonderful talks coming up in December and January for you to sink your teeth into!

We ❤️ Museums!

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