The iconic whale skeleton outside the Museum of Zoology, Cambridge starts to be dismantled as part of the development project which sees the museum closed for three years. Pictured Nigel Larkin (Foreground) with (L-R) Phil Rye and Matt Lowe. See MASONS story MNWHALE. Zoologists in Cambridge will be having a whale of a time over the next few weeks, as they dismantle an iconic skeleton. The huge whale frame â which has been suspended above the entrance to the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge for 26 years â will go back into storage once more while work is carried out as part of a development project. The 70ft finback whale has been owned by Cambridge University since May 1866, after they purchased it when it was washed up at Pevensey Bay in Sussex in 1865.