Spooky Spotlight – Bats Galore

Welcome to a week of Spooky Spotlights! To celebrate Halloween we will be delving into the Museum’s collections and putting the spotlight on the terrifyingly gruesome & frighteningly peculiar objects that lurk in the stores…

Since Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror ‘Dracula’ was published in 1897 bats have been undeniably linked to the spooky, supernatural and scary world of Halloween. So in today’s spooky spotlight I bring you bats galore! The Zoology Museum is the perfect place to go bat spotting. There are literally shelves full of bats! Highlights, pictured, if you can call them that, include the chilling jar of preserved Malaysian bats, and the carefully displayed skeleton of a flying fox bat. Despite picking out the more gruesome specimens in the collection I would argue that these fascinating creatures have actually been given a hard time though, and are no more spooky than squirrels, some can even be downright cute!

Bats!

Bats!

If you would like to do some bat hunting of your own the Zoology Museum is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm and is free!

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About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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