D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

As one of Dundee’s best secrets, the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum is a great visit for anyone interested in animals! Only open for 2 hours when the University is not teaching in the summer, this tiny one roomed museum is full of wonders.

Located in the university’s Carnelly building, I had to buzz to specifically gain access to the building and wander the corridors and staircases to get to the building’s basement. I was greeted at the bottom of the stairs to a large Japanese Spider Crab. I was quite startling at it’s size and made me wonder how it was transported such a distance in such pristine condition!


D’Arcy Thompson, the University College Dundee’s first Head of Biology was an active scientist and worked on many projects including his work with the HMS Challenger. Combined with his own personal collection and teaching tools, the museum is now over 130 years old and housing over 30,000 specimens and artwork with only a fraction of these on show to the public.

I was oustanded at the museum’s collection of birds, fish, insects, mammals and reptiles from all corners of the globe, it is truly exceptional for such a small research museum. Tucked behind a computer, I saw a friendly face supervising the room who during my visit, was happily giving stories and context about the artefacts at hand to curious visitors.


Have you visited the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum?

Let me know your thoughts.

AJ x

The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum is open every Friday afternoon between 2pm – 4.30pm when University has ceased teaching in the summer.

Watch out on the Dundee University website for upcoming special events hosted in the museum and ad hoc opening hours!

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