The Zoological Museum has a long and proud tradition. From humble beginnings around 250 years ago, the collection provides a vital undergraduate teaching resource for Trinity’s Department of Zoology. The museum has recently undergone a major refurbishment and now represents a unique and popular resource for staff, students and visitors.
The museum operates a very successful outreach programme for the general public from June to August each year. The emphasis is on providing a unique experience suitable for all the family. The success of the programme is attributed to the quality of the exhibits on display, the opportunity to handle historic objects and listen to their individual stories, expertly interpreted by the Zoology staff and graduates.
Widely recognised as a significant collection of national and international importance, the collection contains representatives of all the animal phyla, from tiny protozoa to large mammals and fulfils significant teaching, research and the educational role both within the college and to the wider community. Records show that the general collection maybe 150-200 years old.
There are many examples of extinct and endangered species (including Ireland’s Last Great Auk) and there are over 12,000 insect specimens in an entomological collection of renowned scientific value. In particular, the Murray insect collections contain 336 national records. This collection has been heavily drawn upon for national records going back to the Baynes revised catalogue of Irish Macrolepidoptera of 1964. These records are a clear indication of how nationally important the collection remains today.
The Museum is further enhanced by a collection of hand-made glass models prepared by the famous Blaschka family (c. 1860). The collection as a whole represents a unique resource among Irish and most British universities. Individual specimens and specific collections are of significant national and international importance.
The Zoological Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
We look forward to re-opening in June 2021.
A new interactive experience for primary school children launched in June 2016 will be once again available from May 2020. Students will handle, observe and compare a variety of skulls, bones and teeth from our museum collection of over 25,000 objects
Guided by our trained zoologists, students will understand how bones grow, how teeth work and how skeletons differ. Students will learn about food chains and how they affect prey/predator relationships. Group bookings for schools for June 2020 now available. Entry 5 Euro per person. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 – Full Accreditation of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.
2013 –Interim Accreditation of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.
2009 –Collections Care Award (Highly Recommended) Heritage Council.
Tel: +353 1 896 1366
Fax: +353 1 677 8094
Dr Martyn Linnie,
The Zoological Museum
School of Natural Sciences
Department of Zoology