Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History

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The Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History was founded, and most specimens acquired, during the heyday of the Victorian age, when collecting was all the rage. Most towns and cities had a museum similar to this one, with many specimens displayed in a relatively small space. Although this Museum has been altered and updated on occasion, it retains its original feel - the entire museum, with its original cases, and superb mosaic floor, is a valuable survivor from a bygone age.

The core purpose of today’s museum is to allow the evolutionary and taxonomic relationships between the animals to be clearly understood in the light of the characteristics defining each phylum. We aim to explain this to different groups of visitors ranging from primary schools to Zoology undergraduates. Other themes include biodiversity, the history of biology at St. Andrews and the interaction between art and science.

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Opening hours

The Museum is open Tuesday and Friday afternoons throughout July and August and to school groups by prior appointment.

Admission charges

Admission is free.

Collection details

Natural Sciences

Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History
Bute Medical Building
School of Biology
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TS




01334 461660

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