for evaluating spatial learning and memory in rodents

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The Barnes maze is a popular test for assessing spatial learning and memory in rats and mice.

Basically, the animal is placed in a brightly lit environment, on the top of the Barnes maze, which consists of a large round open platform provided with a fixed number of peripheral holes. In such an open environment, rats naturally seek a dark enclosed surrounding, which is provided in the form of a dark box (goal box) under one of the round holes around the perimeter of the platform. The amount of time required for the animal to locate the goal box using visuo-spatial cues surrounding the maze periphery is measured by the researcher.

The fact that the experiment is conducted with no dietary restrictions and less stress makes of this test an interesting alternative to the radial maze and water maze test for its use in the behavioural phenotyping of genetically-modified mice.



Grey Perpex platform

LE851 mouse: Diameter: 92 cm; Height: 90-100 cm. LE854 rat: Diameter: 122 cm; Height: 90-100 cm.  Can be provided in white or black color under request.

Holes Features

LE851 mouse: Number: 20; Diameter: 5 cm; 7.5 cm spaced; Distance from border: 2 cm. LE854 rat: Number: 18; Diameter: 10 cm; 20º angle-spaced.

Goal Box

20 (D) x 9 (W) x 9 (H) cm. Provided with a special ramp for mice.

Starting Cylinder Diameter

8 cm; Height: 12.5 cm.

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Barnes maze for Mice*



Barnes maze for Rat*

*Contact us for customized designs. 

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Key features

  • Platform made with non reflective perpex material for video-tracking systems
  • Do not retain odours
  • Rotatable platform
  • Goal box with ramp
  • Provided with starting cylinder and false goal boxes



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