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 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)