University of dundee zoology

University of dundee zoology

The University’s Zoology Museum houses many fascinating specimens from around the world. Most of them were collected by the celebrated Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, the first Professor of Biology at Dundee. The images on this site reveal just a fraction of our collections – please contact us to find out more.

logo of On Growth and Form 100The museum is in the Carnelley Building, just behind the main University Tower Building on Park Place.
For directions to the Zoology Museum from anywhere in the world, click here

University of dundee zoology

Open Days & Events

The museum is open regularly to the public on Friday afternoons during the summer vacation, and for special events throughout the year – find out more details of forthcoming events.

Main Collections

Browse through our main collections in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum.

NEW! See some stunning 3D scans of some of our specimens – available for download, VR viewing or 3D printing!

More information

To find out more about the University’s other natural history collections, visit the Herbarium webpage and the online versions of our exhibitions:

University of dundee zoology


 Museum Services stages an exciting programme of free public exhibitions based on our collections and on related loans from other institutions and private collections.

Visitor Information

Where to Find Us

At present the University has no permanent Museum building in which to display its Collections. Instead, the Curator stages a variety of temporary exhibitions and permanent displays. You can find most of the buildings listed below on the interactive campus map.

Tower Building

You can see regular exhibitions from the Collections in the Tower Foyer Gallery on the ground floor and the Lamb Gallery on the first floor. There are also works of art on display in the Baxter Conference Suite foyer, the River Rooms and other parts of the building.
The Tower Foyer and Lamb Galleries are open Mon-Fri 09.30-20.30 Sat 09.30-16.30 (shorter hours may apply during University vacations).