D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

The museum houses a range of zoology specimens from around the world, most of them collected by Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, a pioneer of mathematical biology and Dundee’s first Professor of Biology.

The museum is located in the Carnelley Building, just behind the Tower Building on Park Place.


Carnelley Building, off Park Place, Dundee DD1 4HN


Due to its use in teaching, the museum is only open the second Saturday afternoon of every month, and on Friday afternoons during the summer vacation. For full details of opening hours and times, visit https://www.dundee.ac.uk/museum/collections/zoology/events/

If you would like to book a group visit or would like to see the collection outwith the regular opening times, please contact Curator Matthew Jarron on museum@dundee.ac.uk or 01382 384310.

Getting there

The building can be reached by walking from Nethergate up Park Place to the right of the Tower Building. It is 5-10 minutes walk from the Railway Station and 2 minutes walk from Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). See https://www.dundee.ac.uk/campusmap/ to find the building on campus.

There are bus stops 1 minute away on Nethergate. Parking is not available on campus but there is pay and display parking on Nethergate and at the back of DCA and some free parking further along Perth Road and Mid Wynd.

For further information on bus transport, visit https://www.dundee.ac.uk/travel/local-transport

Enter the building by the main front door (during advertised opening hours there are signs to direct you). Depending on which day you visit, there may be a volunteer on hand to greet you at the front door, or you may have to press a buzzer at the inner door to be let in. The reception is just to your left as you enter and they can direct you to the museum. 


The building has steps up to the front door so if you require step free access please call in advance and the museum can arrange it for you.

How to find us

D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

Dundee DD1 4HN, UK

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