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Bell Pettigrew Museum

The University’s first Natural History museum was shared with the town’s Literary and Philosophical Society and dates from 1838. In 1904 the collections were taken over by the University Court, and in 1912 moved to their present site in the School of Biology. The new museum was financed by Mrs Bell Pettigrew in memory of her late husband. University staff research has added to the collections since then.
Today the museum is used by undergraduate students, visiting school parties, as a venue for School of Biology receptions and is on open to the general public on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in the summer vacation - early June until mid September. The museum is also open on a Saturday as part of National Science Week in the Spring, and on a Sunday in September as part of Doors Open. Visits at other times are welcomed by arrangement with the Hon. Curator, Dr Martin Milner.

  • Currently: Partly cloudy, 9° C
  • Saturday: Light rain shower, 13° C
  • Sunday: Sunny, 15° C