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Aberdeen University Zoology Museum opens its doors with free tours


By David Porter

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Zoology students will lead the tours on Wednesdays at the University.
Zoology students will lead the tours on Wednesdays at the University.

The public can now enjoy tours of a north-east museum which has been a staple of school trips and family days out for more than half a century.

A world of animals lies behind the doors of the University of Aberdeen’s Zoology Museum, which has captured the imagination of visitors since the 1970s and which recently featured prominently in the film Tetris, doubling as the headquarters of the Russian technology firm behind the game.

The Tillydrone Avenue venue is open to the public on weekdays and University students are now leading Wednesday tours to allow those returning to take a trip down memory lane or to introduce newcomers to the range of exhibits ranging from protozoa to the great whales.

The museum offers a free space for families to visit during the upcoming Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire mid-term and in-service days.

Spread across two galleries, it contains thousands of specimens ranging from tigers and penguins, turtles and whales to spiders and starfish.

During the hour-long Wednesday tours, running from noon to 1pm students will share their knowledge, facts and figures with visitors.

Adam Guilfoyle, from the University of Aberdeen Zoology & Biological Science Society said: “Our student-led tours have been warmly received by members of the public. Our team of volunteer guides are passionate about zoology and can't wait to share their passion with you!”

Anyone unable to make the weekday opening can join special “Extinction Tours” running on Saturday, March 16 as part of Climate Week North East.

Tours are FREE and open to all ages.

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