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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 #94 of 1,108 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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Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

If you are interested in animals and science I would recommend a visit to this museum! It's nice and small so only takes an hour, would be great to see even more facts around to learn about the specimens on show!

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This reminds of the kind of place your creepy uncle might have. No really, it's weird. I came here after visiting the Hunterian Museum and expected the same thing but it's not at all. This place is much more animal, obviously it's a museum of Zoology, and much more weird. It's free, that's a selling point, and easy to get... More

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Warsaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Be prepared to spend time there - the place is PACKED with exhibits, some very unusual. My sons, 14 and 12 loved it.

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My 10 year old and I found this place by accident whilst killing time waiting for a train at Euston station and I'm so glad we did. It's open 1 - 5 in the afternoon, Mon to Sat and the admission is free! To give you a flavour, my son thought it would be what the zoology department at Hogwarts... More

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