A-Z of Secret Dundee: Zoology Museum

Founded by world-renowned scientist and academic, Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, the University of Dundee’s zoology museum features an amazing array of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles from all around the world.

There is also the chance to view some of Sir D’Arcy’s original models and teaching charts from the 32 years he spent at the University as professor of Biology.

When he created the collection in the 1880s it was regarded as the largest in the country. The museum is open to the general public every Friday afternoon during the summer vacation as well as occasional Open Days and at Easter. They are however happy to open by appointment at other times and the museum hosts a range of special events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Perhaps have some lunch in the nearby stylish bistro bearing his name

Once you are finished touring the museum you can perhaps have some lunch in the nearby stylish bistro bearing his name which even has a glass studded specimen wall and beautiful zoological illustrations in homage to the great man.

D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, University of Dundee, Carnelley Building, Dundee DD1 4HN.

The D’Arcy Thompson Restaurant, 21-23 Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EU.