Zoology Museum

Zoology Museum

The Zoology 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.



Welcome to a world of skeletons and specimens, reptiles, fish, primates and more brought to you by the Marine Society and the Zoology and Biological Sciences Society. Student guides are ready to give you, your family and your friends FREE tours of the amazing life of this planet, on selected dates.

There will be special "Extinction Tours" on Saturday 25th March and Wednesday 29th March as part of Climate Week North East.

You will find full details about all the tours and how to book on the Museums & Special Collections Events page.


There are two entrances to the Zoology museum; on Tillydrone avenue at the top of the stairs or via Cruickshank Gardens. For pram access we suggest entering via Cruickshank Gardens as there are multiple stairs via Tillydrone avenue.

Please note that upon entering the upper gallery, there are three small steps up to the main gallery level, and access from Cruickshank Gardens does involve a walk from parking spaces.

The doors at both entrances to the Zoology building are automatic and wheelchair accessible. For wheelchair access and mobility assistance, there is a lift, please press the buzzer and a member of staff will operate this.

Getting Here

There are two entrances to the Zoology museum; on Tillydrone avenue at the top of the stairs or via Cruickshank Gardens.

Find the Zoology Museum on the University of Aberdeen campus map.

By Car

Parking on site is for staff and students only, however blue badge holders can use the disabled bays in the parking lot. Alternative parking can be found on the Chanonry and Bedford Road (both are pay and display).

For further information on disabled access please see AccessAble.

By Bus

Several busses pass near the museum: First Bus no. 19 is the most direct, stopping just outside the entrance. Numbers 1, 1A, 2 and 20 also stop on campus, approximately a ten-minute walk from the zoology museum. You can find more information on the First Bus website.

Stagecoach buses no. 60, 61, 62, 63, 67 and 68 also stop on King Street a short walk away from the museum. For more information on times and to plan your journey please visit the Stagecoach website.

Both companies accept cash and card.

By Bike

A small number of bike stands are available at both entrances. At the Tillydrone avenue entrance these are located in the parking area, below the steps that lead to the entrance. When entering from Cruickshank Gardens, the bike stands are just to the right of the entrance.

On Foot

The Zoology museum is approximately ten minutes walking distance from the main campus. This route takes the visitor through the Cruickshank Gardens.


Toilets are located on the ground floor of the building, including an accessible toilet and changing facilities, as well as free period products in line with the Scottish Government’s initiative.

Seating is available in the foyer of the zoology building, food and drink is allowed in this area and in the Cruickshank Gardens but no food or drink is permitted within the museum galleries.

There are no food outlets available in the building, however there are numerous cafes and food outlets on campus.

School and Group visits

If you would like to arrange a group visit to the museum please contact Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre at biodiversity@abdn.ac.uk.