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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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A little gem of a museum

This place is a great place to take kids or friends who are fascinated by the structure of animals. Jam packed with a great variety of skeletons and some interesting jars of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This place is a great place to take kids or friends who are fascinated by the structure of animals. Jam packed with a great variety of skeletons and some interesting jars of preserved creatures and bits. It is quite small, which is perfect for young attentions spans and is all on one level which makes it very accessible. Although it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The Grant museum is tiny, but absolutely stuffed with almost every animal you can think of: Hippos. Narwhals, the original compsognathus, alongside snakes and lions and turtles and and and... Feels very much like the study of an eccentric relative and I am sure would be very scary in the dark but is a characterful and rarely busy museum that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I've visited the main musuems in London and wanted something a little different, and found this fabulous musuem filled with Victorian animal specimens. It's a little creepy seeing all these animals in bell jars etc, but absolutely fascinating. There's even an extinct Tasmanian Devil! There are apparently 68000 specimens in the space. If you are interested in zoology, or just... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Went here as part of a college trip. You'll see some things you didn't even know existed, guaranteed. The giant moose and elephant skulls were impressive, and so were all the smaller skeletons and preserved animals. Definitely worth a look in, if you're near the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This museum has one of the best collections of endangered and extinct animals in the world. You will see things you only thought were myth and legend. I definitely recommend and visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Fortunately I looked on Tripadvisor's Near me Now, and read very favourable reviews for this place. Wow! Yes it is all in one room, but it kept us amused/appalled for 40 minutes with its weird and wonderful exhibits. And essentially it's free...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great place to spend about an hour or so! It's a one room museum packed full of all the animal specimens you can think of and more! The museum is free with a donation box at the entrance and they also offer the opportunity to "adopt" an exhibit when you donate/become a member. Totally worth the time there. Lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The museum is hidden away but was not hard to find. It was full of amazing things that were fascinating to look at. My favourites were the giant deer and tiger skeleton. It had lots of information about the different artefacts and the people inside were so friendly and were a big help. Although being only one room big it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This museum was awesome! Stuff in jars and skeletons... What more could you ask for? It's very small, but we spent an hour just ogling at weird things.. Then we had a pint at Jeremy Bentham.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Fossils and preserved animals. Skeletons and many bones..I personally love it very much. Small museum and kind of hide..

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