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Grant Museum of Zoology

21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
020 3108 2052
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Ranked #51 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

If animals interest you, this a great place to visit. There are thousands of specimens on display, ranging from prehistoric fossils in rocks to skeletons of extinct animals such as the quagga, through weird and wonderful specimens of deep sea and other creatures in jars, dissections, plus free standing exhibits of enormous extinct Irish elk horns, mammoth tusks and other... More 

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

I visited with my wife after watching a movie. It's easily reached and brilliantly laid out. Free and a little hidden gem of London. Go see it before the tourists find it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This museum is a great find. It is really a university zoology department museum that is open to the public. It has old display cabinets and looks like how it must have been in Victorian times. There is a large number of animal skeletons, a few fossils and jars of pickled animal remains. It's free and worth popping around.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

One of my favorite places to go in town, so many weird and wonderful specimens to see, including a quagga skeleton (one of only seven in the world!), giant irish elk antlers, and the jar of moles to name a few of my favorites. The staff are always friendly and seem to be able to answer any question you might... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The rocky horror show of museums! Odd, quaint, quirky, yet interesting and fascinating. Great fun. I'm sure Harry Potter was around somewhere, if not, why not!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Do enjoy the jar of moles near the entrance as it sets a good tone for the place. This place is crammed with skeletons and natural history curiosity. The place has a neat feel as if you have been transported back in time to a museum collection from the early 1900s. It was well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A wonderful, small and quirky museum of zoological curiosities. We went during half term when they had some specimens out that children could interact with. The student volunteers are superb and were very good with my 6 year old son. Really impressed

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This museum is tiny. In fact, it's significantly smaller than just the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum. But whatever you do, don't think that its size reflects its quality because it jams a lot of interesting and amazing things into such a small space. This off-the-beaten track museum is well worth a visit, particularly if you have children... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a very different experience to the Natural History Museum in Kensington. There are no interactive exhibits or modern displays; instead, it's a small, galleried-room lined with Victorian display cabinets. These cabinets are stuffed full of unusual things (jar of moles, half a brain, medley of skulls) with little or no explanation. It feels more like stumbling across a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

four star rating only because the vast treasures of this museum could be even better experienced if the display and communication, already very good, were given a little more attention and thought in order to present the exhibits in a more informative way. Nevertheless, don't miss this museum - it will be well worth your time.

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