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The Cole Museum of Zoology

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Small, but interesting, behind the big blue business building

Good for a rainy hour. Lots of skeletons, dissected animals, fossils. Could be interesting for... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Reading, United Kingdom
a small but educating museum

This museum is part of University of Reading, Berkshire. It is small, yet it is informative. In... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2017
Abdul K
Muscat, Oman
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24 Aug 2017
“Small, but interesting, behind the big blue business building”
26 Jun 2017
“a small but educating museum”
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

Good for a rainy hour. Lots of skeletons, dissected animals, fossils. Could be interesting for every age group. Located in the Whitenights Campus, a bit difficult to find it. It is behind the big blue business building. When you go in the university area, park...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank bfanett
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This museum is part of University of Reading, Berkshire. It is small, yet it is informative. In fact it has some valuable original collectibles; such as a fossil of ancient giant spider and a dinosaur egg. I like it.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Abdul K
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Our 7 year old boy was very excited to see the skeletons and all the different preserved species. It was very interesting for us parents as well. There is an interesting cabinet with bugs drawers, an elephant skeleton, various taxidermied animals, carefully separated by families...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank ACAlmeida
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Skeletons, eviscerated brains, spiders, octopuses, mammoth tusk, my mum had enough but we enjoyed it so much. From every kind of animal only that unseen. Really recommended.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank jozefdubovsky
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Visited the Cole Museum of Zoology as part of a day visiting the three Reading University museums, this museum although quite small is packed with fascinating exhibits superbly explained in a way that really drew your interest, great for all ages ( that is children...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Peter P
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

The kids had a great time exploring this little museum. Displays of the interesting and unusual showcased how wonderful the animal kingdom is. After having a quick look around, we found the picture quiz and had a great time trying to match the images to...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Katb01
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Children loved it we all loved it had a lovely time wish there was a place to get drinks in the museum bit though. Only let down

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank sianniee1992
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Firstly the university is a stunning place. After we found the details online we decided to go and have a look as my young lad loves museums. Especially fossils and skeletons showing animals etc. This didn't disappoint at all. Don't get me wrong, it's not...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Gareth N
Reviewed 31 May 2016

I had seen The Cole Museum mentioned on TripAdvisor and decided to take a closer look. I checked the website for opening times and directions. The good news was that the museum was free and open most days. Directions were provided only to the Whiteknights...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank WeeBrother
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Went to Reading with my son to visit, but unfortunately we found that the museum, as well as all the other facilities on the campus were closed. This was quite a disappointment for us, particularly as I had been looking forward to visiting Reading University...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Carol B
15 February 2015|
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9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Not open on Bank Holidays or University of Reading Closure Days, eg. Christmas to New Year.