The Zoology Museum

Contact details

Aims and purpose of the Zoology Museum:

Aberdeen University has the only large, international collection of zoological specimens in the north of Scotland. The Zoology Museum is responsible for the care and development of the University's collections of zoological specimens, for promoting their use for teaching and research within the institution and for enhancing the understanding and enjoyment of zoology by the general public. Full details of our Collecting Policy are available and a copy of our Museum Regulations may be downloaded in either WORD.doc or Adobe.pdf format.

The University of Aberdeen recognises the research potential of its museum collections. We acknowledge that, in some cases, knowledge can be gained through research which includes destructive sampling of items in our collections. These instances require special consideration on a case-by-case basis. You can download our destructive sampling procedure and application form.

In furtherance of our aims, members of the public are most welcome at the Zoology Museum. Please note that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

How to find us:

We are located in the Zoology Building at the corner of St Machar's Drive and Tillydrone Avenue.

On-line maps are available.

View a 360 degree panorama of the Zoology Museum (requires Java)

Opening Times and Staff Contacts

***Zoology museum renovations:

Both the upper and lower museum galleries are now open to the public. Opening hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

There will be occasional short-term closures of the lower gallery up to September 2013 while we install new displays. They will be advertised on this website – watch this space! Please contact the Zoology Museum office, tel. 01224 273183, or Dr Jenny Downes,, for further details about the renovation project.***

09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday.

Closed weekends and on public holidays.

The Zoology Museum has major galleries with exhibitions open to the public. Visits are warmly welcomed, and there is no charge for admission.

It is currently not possible to accommodate visits by schools and other organised groups in the Zoology Museum.

Please contact King’s Museum (tel: 01224 274330 or e-mail: with any enquiries relating to the University’s museums and for school visits to King’s Museum.

For research enquiries contact Dr Jenny Downes, Curator (Exhibitions and Science), tel 01224 274309, e-mail:


The Honorary Curator is Dr Les Noble,

Reader in Zoology in The School of Biological Sciences.

Tel: 01224 273183 Fax 01224 272396


Jenny Downes

Curator (Exhibitions and Science)

Tel: 01224 274309