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Disability Resource Centre

Downing Street,
Cambridge, CB2 3EJ.

Access Issues

01223 336 650

General Information

With thousands of specimens on display over two floors, from the biggest Finback whale to tiny insects, the range is vast.  The museum holds a number of specimens collected by Charles Darwin on the Beagle voyage.  As well as being an exciting Cambridge attraction with museum shop and café, the Museum is used for teaching and research as part of the University Department of Zoology.  An exciting exhibitions and events programme runs throughout the year.

Opening hours

10am–5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm–5pm Sunday, last admissions are at 4.30pm. Closed some bank holidays and over the Christmas period, please see our website for details. Entry free of charge.


New Museums Site. See separate entry for New Museums Site. The Museum of Zoology is in the Department of Zoology, entrance is through the Whale Hall.


No public parking. It is best to park in the Grand Arcade and exit onto Corn Exchange St, where there is a lift up to the Museum café on the first floor or Downing Street. Please bear in mind there are uneven pavements on both roads.

Physical Access


Access to the Museum is via a ramp with handrail, steps or a wheelchair lift. There are two sets of sliding automatic doors to enter the museum itself. There is a wheelchair lift on the far side of the whale hall.

Number of floors

Ground floor, mid-level mezzanine, and lower level.

Lifts and stairs

Lift to lower level, but not mezzanine. The exhibits on the mezzanine can be seen from above and below and there is an interactive screen in the upper gallery showing details of the display.


An accessible toilet is located in the museum foyer just behind reception. Other toilets are through some double doors and further ones are up a few steps.

General access

  • All surfaces are flat, smooth and spacious, and all areas except the mezzanine are accessible.

Visual Impairments

  • Assistance dogs welcome. Excellent lighting.
  • Information and signage are generally large and clear.

Hearing Impairments

  • An induction loop is available. Please ask at reception.
  • Rather sparsely furnished so it can echo, but the museum is generally quiet.

Other Useful Information

  • Photography and videoing are permitted without a tripod. Information sheets and self-led family trails are available at the entrance.
  • Pre-booked school visits are welcome.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Museum of Zoology. The DRC updates information as it is received. This page was last updated on 19th June 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Museum of Zoology.