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.

6 days ago
We are one step closer to having a museum, with only new mounts, labels and the odd piece of work for @wetconservatrix to go. @ACallaZoo @TaraPirie @ReadingBioSci @UniofReading https://t.co/KX8bezQBzw ColeZoology photo
2 weeks ago
Inspired by @GrantMuseum @GlassJarOfMoles we have put our jar of shrews out on show. What’s a group of shrews called? @ReadingBioSci @TaraPirie @wetconservatrix https://t.co/mnGQ3JJKcA ColeZoology photo
  • Cole Museum

    University of Reading
    Health and Life Sciences Building
    RG6 6EX

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