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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 #81 of 1,137 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 67,000 specimens, covering the whole of the Animal... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Interesting, unique and well displayed collection. The team think carefully about events they host to suit all ages-families, couples, a quick visit with a friend before the pub. I always try to pop in whenever I'm in town.

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Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

One of my very favourite places I visited in London! A wonderful little museum with an amazing selection of specimens, an absolute joy to visit. The atmosphere was great, and reminded me very much of the classic 'Cabinet of Curiosities' and early museums, which I adore. It's worth taking your time and having a few passes because there are so... More

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British Columbia
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33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It advertises that it has a dodo in the collection. Be sure to ask where it is because it is not a taxidermy specimen as might be expected - but a partial collection of bones. This collection is mainly bones, jars of preserved specimen or parts of specimen. It isn't really the type of museum I am normally attracted to.... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This museum surprised me, it was a lot more fun and interesting that I would have expected. It is not very big so it does not take much time to go through. I think of this as an "old" age display of zoological animals, from jars of preserved or dissected animals or skeletons. They have an entire case of "brains"... More

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Port Douglas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We found the Grant Museum by accident. It's free, I'm a zoologist, my kids are homeschooled, it was perfect! The collection is fascinating and of huge historical significance. It's small, just one room really, but it's like nothing I've seen elsewhere. You should go! It took me back to the dusty archives of my own university days. Read more about... More

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London, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you are in the Baker Street area, this one (large) room museum of animal curiosities is perfect for an hour long meander. It is free and close to several tube and bus stations, so is easy for a quick visit. Opening hours are Monday through Saturday, 1pm to 5pm. Definitely worth a visit and great for kids as well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We have visited the 'Grant' today with our 4 year old son and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We were looking for something different to do that was cheap, not too far away and would suit us all. We got on the trip advisor app and found people had recommended this place. We have had a lovely afternoon out, this... More

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