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Great Pitta

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Mammal display

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Fossil fish

Fossil fish excavated at Dura Den

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Specimen collected on Challenger expedition

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Bell Pettigrew Museum

The Bell Pettigrew Museum is the University's zoology museum.  It is a rare survival of a Victorian teaching museum, and wonderfully atmospheric.

The displays, which include examples of several extinct species, are arranged to allow the evolutionary and taxonomic relationships between animals to be clearly understood.



What is there to see?


Information for schools

Opening times

Summer vacation (1 July -31 August).

2-5pm Tuesday and Friday afternoons only.

Other times welcomed by appointment.

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What's on

Drawing Workshop: Awesome Animals, Friday 10th August, 1pm-1:45pm for 3-6 years, 2pm-3pm for 7-12 years. Free, booking essential.

Tel. 01334 46 1663, email 

For regular updates on events for all ages, see the What's on page.