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Grant Museum of Zoology

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Address: 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE, England
Phone Number: 020 3108 2052
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Description: 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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** Mole-free review ** I highly recommend this great little museum based solely on one display: a 1m x 1m x 3m walk-in room walled with Victorian specimen slides backlit as well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

** Mole-free review ** I highly recommend this great little museum based solely on one display: a 1m x 1m x 3m walk-in room walled with Victorian specimen slides backlit as well as any iMac. Each slide has a label handwritten by some long-gone botanist or biologist. There are even magnifying glasses on hand to encourage you lose yourself in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

an interesting diversion and fewer people than the natural history. great place to stop if you have half an hour to waste

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Brilliant little museum with knowledgeable friendly staff. Strange and wonderful exhibits. Well worth a visit kids or not.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Brace yourself this is a very odd collection. But yet so fascinating! Worth a visit and all free too. It is easy to get to and there are a lot of cool places to visit in the area. Also try the Wellcome Collection!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

One of the weirdest collections of specimens that I have seen in a museum anywhere - only the Pitt Rivers in Oxford being superior on the weirdness side . Small and thoroughly enjoyable for 45 minutes to an hour - includes a Unicorn horn, fossils, dissected animals, skulls and skeletons of hundreds of animals. And I sh it you not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Great venture out!!! Saw all sorts of mad animals. Initially sounded like a pretty weird trip out but was incredibly interesting. You can adopt random animals too. Splendid.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A superb oddity of a museum, offering a fun way to while away a half hour or more. Free as well, and round the corner from the British Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

After a hefty walk to get here (it was sunny, couldn't deal with a sweaty tube), spent an intriguing half hour looking at all manner of specimens in jars. As soon as you go in, you are met with worms, fish, deer antlers and a brilliant 'jar of moles'. Amongst other items there is a seal head, pig embryos, bird... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My wife and I decided to have a visit during a rather unpleasant rainy day in London. Having visited the major museums already, we decided to check out something different. The Grant Museum of Zoology is conveniently located and well signed. There is no admission fee however there is a donation box at the entrance should you wish to contribute.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Shouldn't take more than an hour but definitely lots to take in. Impressive collection/selection of creatures. Something different to do in London!

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Address: Address: 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE, England
Phone Number: 020 3108 2052
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Bloomsbury
Open Hours:
Monday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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