The museum’s displays are worldwide in scope, from protozoa to the great whales, including taxidermy, skeletal material, study skins, fluid-preserved specimens and models. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museum, and there is no charge for admission, though we ask that children are accompanied by a responsible adult.
A project is enhancing the exhibitions, but may result in some parts of the museum being temporarily closed in 2013. If you have enquiries, offers of donations or specimens for identification, please contact the museums before you visit. Visits by schools and other organised groups to the Zoology Museum are not currently possible, but you should contact the Natural History Centre for information about their activities.
Using the Zoology Museum and Botanic Garden, the centre aims to inspire everyone in the living environment by activities for different ages and interests. Get up close to the local mammals and birds, huge skulls, snake skins and whale bones in the education room. Open free Monday to Friday 09:30 - 15:30, except when booked by a visiting group.
Schools and groups wishing to visit the Centre or Museum must book with the Natural History Centre.
The Cruickshank Botanic Garden works closely with the Natural History Centre and Zoology Museum. This beautiful and peaceful 11 acre garden next to the Zoology Building offers year round interest to visitors. It has shrub borders, a rock and water garden, sunken garden, rose garden, herbaceous border and an arboretum, and houses a nationally important collection of over 2500 labelled plants.
Funding of £53,012 from the Museum Recognition Capital Fund will improve the displays of the Zoology Museum. The Zoology Building foyer is to be tidied and made into a more welcoming space, without compromising its function as the entrance to an academic building. Work will include new signage an an exhibition titled ‘Aberdeen Naturalists’. The upper gallery of the museum will be tidied up and de-cluttered of cases, but the main focus of the project will be in the lower gallery.
This gallery is laid out in a taxonomic fashion pretty much as it was when it was completed in the 1970s. The project aims to preserve the museum’s original taxonomic organisation with some tidying up of case layout, and will add an introductory display about evolutionary biology to make the interpretation of the collections more accessible. There will also be improvements to the lighting of the galleries and display cases and storage to improve the care of the collection.