On Friday 22 June 2018, Sir David Attenborough officially re-opened the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge following the five-year redevelopment of the museum and the complete refurbishment of the David Attenborough Building (formerly known as the Arup Building) on the New Museums site in central Cambridge.
The museum, which is open to the public, houses one of the largest and most important natural history collections in the UK, with many exhibits previously held in storage and not able to be displayed. The Museum’s new exhibits investigate issues relating to conservation, extinction, survival, evolution and discovery.
In advance of the opening, Sir David Attenborough said:
"This marvellous museum is a place where the public can come to see, study and wonder. The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge is of the highest importance to the study of Zoology and to the understanding of the natural world by people at large. Long may it flourish.’
Following the reception, the Babbage lecture Theatre, which also sits within the David Attenborough Building, was packed out to see Sir David 'in conversation' with TV-presenter Liz Bonnin.