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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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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 place with loads of specimens

I enjoyed my visit to this little museum. It was very interesting viewing all the specimens preserved in their jars. They have one of the rarest skeletons in the world. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I enjoyed my visit to this little museum. It was very interesting viewing all the specimens preserved in their jars. They have one of the rarest skeletons in the world. The quagga. Also they have a thylacine. It annoys me that I've seen more tassie tiger skeletons and specimens overseas in Europe and the USA than in my home country... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to an after-hours event that Londonist said was free and the ticket page it linked to even said was free but that tickets at the door were £6(or £5 according to Grant Museum's Facebook page) leading us to believe that if we booked it was free, but if you showed up at the door there would be a... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Zoology (with natural history) is a field that is less studied day by day, and this museum reminds us that there was a greater time for such studies, such as collecting and describing thoroughly each species. It also shows how the university is still involved into preserving this academic field by displaying this beautiful collection from all Britain. The goal... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed my trip here, but was smaller than I was expecting and didn't take me long to look around. Also there are cabinets really high up that I had no chance in being able to read or see! However the collection is impressive and was very interesting and would recommend a visit if you are looking for a free place... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entrance is located on University street and the entrance to the Museum itself is a small door on your left, as you enter a hall. Friendly staff, lots of students but above all, a great exhibition of zoological species. Very interesting way to spend 30' to 45'.

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Longueuil, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I found this this small museum in passing since it was just around the corner from my b & b on Gower Street. I spent about and hour and a half there and there is no admission charge, so if you are at all interested in the lives of animals, this is a great place to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Visited last weekend. It was a very interesting museum! The staff were very friendly and had a table in the middle where there was a play as you learn are for children. If you are looking to see a jar of Moles or the inside of a Monkey then this is the place for you.

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

As the teaching of comparative anatomy has declined in London medical schools, their collections of skeletons and preserved animals have been concentrated in this one room in University College, where they have been arranged taxonomically and piled high - so that there are literally thousands of things to see, many with helpful labels (in English only). There are even two... More 

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Riccione, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I liked this museum so much! It's a small museum, but it has an impressive amount of animals. Visiting this museum could take you from 15min to 45min.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Love this place, really interesting collection. You can easily spend an hour or more lost in the various creatures on display. Staff are friendly and informative. Fully recommend a nose about!

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