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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 #85 of 1,085 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Off the beaten track a little but well worth a visit. Full of curios and the bizarre. Staff very helpful and knowledgeable. Some excellent displays. Kids will love it.

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Perth, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Amazing samples and artefacts from a previous era. The anaconda skeleton, elephant heart and mammoth tusk are examples of some of the numerous oddities on display. Kids and I were enthralled as we moved from display cabinet to display cabinet trying to work what the skeletons and preserved specimens were. The insect cross section viewing area was amazing. Small museum... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We've been to London quite a bit, so I was looking for somewhere new. My husband was very skeptical but later said it was one of his favorite places. We both had a great time in this small, quirky, working museum. Totally worth a visit.

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toronto
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Loved this place, small museum but a cabinet of hundreds of curiosities! You can adopt a skeleton too! Somewhere to go if you don't want to do the typical sights or if you live in London. Greta for kids and science enthusiasts.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

this is perhaps my favourite museum of all - just how a museum ought to be, stuffed to the rafters with wonder. None of those nasty interactive displays, or failed attempts at explaining everything to everyone, just the beauty and fascination of nature morte in all it's forms. and it's free

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

One of the best one hour, free attractions for a curious youngster to experience in Central London, and I'm 55! Tour the animal kingdom through displays of their skeletons. See how a dog's skull changes shape whilst it develops; wonder at the amazing skulls of different elephant species and identify mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates as you walk around the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

It's easy to overlook this small museum considering its more famous bigger brothers and sisters in London. I'd highly recommend giving it a look if you are in the Euston/Bloomsbury area. Personal favorite: the jar of moles!

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Watford, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Like all good British museums this place is absolutely free. It's not open for very long or very often (usually a couple of morning a week). But if you're in the area and can spare half an hour (it won't take you more than that) these historic oddities are truly fascinating. Beware though; if you're squeamish you may want to... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My boyfriend and I love to learnt about our planet and the creatures that inhabit it and we enjoyed the Grant museum very much. Although the museum is quite small it housed an impressive selection of specimens. Entrance is free and if you're around Warren Street area it's worth giving it a visit. One word of warning, if preserved creatures... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I love the Grant Museum. Be sure to check out the case of exquisite little glass insects, and the jar of moles - and why not adopt a specimen while you're there?

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