Cambridge Trip #7: Beetles, Finches and Barnacles at the University Museum of Zoology

13 July 2009

After the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Richard and I headed across the street to the University Museum of Zoology. Again, as with the Sedgwick, the museum was free. All the university museums at Cambridge are free! The zoology museum had another – although much smaller – Darwin exhibit, Beetles, Finches and Barnacles: The Zoological Collections of Charles Darwin. Here are some general shots from the museum:

What you see as you approach the Zoology Museum

What you see as you approach the University Museum of Zoology

Cambridge is a bike city

Cambridge is a bike city

Horse, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Horse, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Spider crab, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Spider crab, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwins rhea, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin's rhea, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Cephalopods, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Cephalopods, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Crocodilians & Dinosaurs, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Crocodilians & Dinosaurs, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

A little in-house research, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

A little in-house research, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Leatherback turtle, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Leatherback turtle, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Lepidoptera, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Lepidoptera, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Birds, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Birds, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Okapi, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Okapi, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Elephant seal, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Elephant seal, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Mammals, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Mammals, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Giraffe, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Giraffe, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Rhinoceros, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Rhinoceros, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Primates, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Primates, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Taking his place:

The Descent of Richard Carter, FCD

The Descent of Richard Carter, FCD

Crab, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Crab, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Spider crab, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Spider crab, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Centipede, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Centipede, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Pareiasaur, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Pareiasaur, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Whale, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Whale, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Now for the Darwin exhibit:

Label in the lobby informing of the Darwin exhibit

Label in the lobby informing of the Darwin exhibit

Close up of the Darwin painting

Close up of the Darwin painting

While the Darwin exhibit at the zoology museum highlights beetles (university Darwin), finches (Beagle Darwin), and barnacles (1840/50s Darwin), the image of Darwin that greets visitors to the museum is of a much older, bearded Darwin. Granted, there is an image of the young Darwin in the exhibit, but the old seems to be favored over the young:

Young Darwin, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Young Darwin, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Beagle specimens, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin books, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Beagle specimens, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Barnacle slides, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Finches, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Finches, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Richard photographing beetles, University Museum of Zoology, Museum

Richard photographing beetles, University Museum of Zoology, Museum

Check out Richard’s post about the beetles here.

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin exhibit, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwins beetle box, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Darwin's beetle box, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Also at the zoology museum was a glass art exhibit by Tolly Nason, Finch by Finch, a series lighted beaks:

Finch by Finch, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Finch by Finch, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Finch by Finch, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Finch by Finch, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Finch by Finch, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Finch by Finch, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

And Richard caught me in the background in a video of the exhibit:

Other specimens of or similar to Darwin’s were placed throughout the museum:

Glyptodon, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Glyptodon, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Pheasant feathers, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Pheasant feathers, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Megatherium, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Megatherium, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Octopus, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Octopus, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Richard also has a post about the octopus up on The Red Notebook.

In my next post I will share some images from the the exhibit Darwin’s Microscope at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science.

You can view all the photos from my trip here, if you feel so inclined. Some of Richard’s Cambridge photos are here.

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2 thoughts on “Cambridge Trip #7: Beetles, Finches and Barnacles at the University Museum of Zoology

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