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Grant Museum of Zoology

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Address: 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE, England
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Mon - Sat 13:00 - 17:00

The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in...

The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole of the Animal Kingdom. Founded in 1827 as a teaching collection, the Museum is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid. Many of the species are now endangered or extinct including the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo. The Museum relocated to a new larger space on March 2011.

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a lot packed into a small space

incredibly informative, especially for a vet student! they truly used every inch of the place and each cabinet tells a story

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

incredibly informative, especially for a vet student! they truly used every inch of the place and each cabinet tells a story

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had read about this relatively obscure museum of zoology, and we finally had a chance to visit. It focuses mostly on the osteology of many animals and other specimens (it has a whole little room of microscopic slide specimens), but it is well displayed for the very small space the museum occupies. I was really taken up by the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

I was in London with friends for a rather unplanned day, I had heard about the Grant Museum of Zoology before but never got around to visit. We finally made it to the museum after getting a little lost. But once on the right road it was easy enough to find. The museum is a fair size and very interesting.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a great little jewel of a museum. It reminded me of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. The displays are not for the really squeamish, but are fascinating. It was filled with children when I was there and they all seemed to be enjoying it while learning about animals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

This is a lesser-known, very small museum, but it's definitely worth your time! If you are the type of person who appreciates the odd, unique and bizarre, this is the place for you. Despite all of the skeletons and jarred specimens, it's not just for science geeks! Take a chance!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Not far from Ruston and adjacent to UCL this small working museum is a working gem where you can stroll into the museum office where the zoologists are and ask them questions. Completely victorian with lots of skeletal oddities and strange things in jars it makes a pleasant diversion and also a nice place to sit and chat at the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

It is part of UCL and is still used for training and research ( that is why it is only open in the afternoons). Housed in one large room although small it has a lot crammed into it. Normal selection of stuffed animals and bisected skulls but also a selection of stranger specimens ( some of which I have never... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Really interesting museum with lots of specimens on show. It is part of the University and there are students their either doing research or to answer any questions you might have. Well worth a visit if you're in the Euston area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The Grant Museum, is part of UCL, been there since late 1700s (so before Darwin hogged the show ) to teach comparative anatomy, is a single room lined with wooden cases containing thousands of specimens and is free, (take note Johnny Foreigner ). The beaks , feet , guts and so forth of everything that walked, crawled, swam or flew... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I visited Grant Museum out of curiosity and because I had nothing else to do after running an errand for my boyfriend took me to the University College London area. It's a quaint, little museum which is a refreshing change from the bigger, more popular, crowded ones in London. Grant Museum is a must for zoology enthusiasts. There are numerous... More 

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