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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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Weird and wonderful

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Surrey, Canada
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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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Chesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Dropped in here with a friend after a visit to an Exhibition at The British Library. It's an easy stroll down from either Kings X station or Euston station. We only spent about 40 minutes in there as we were homeward bound but personally speaking that was nearly long enough for me. I'm not a great lover of looking at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

As UCL alumni I had been planning to visit for several years since the museum relocated into a dedicated space. I was tempted in by an exhibition inspired by George Stubbs famous kangaroo painting. The shear breadth of specimens in the museum is staggering something I had not realised when I was a student. The exhibition was well curated and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This museum is stacked to the roof with animals in jars and skeletons and is very interesting to walk around! I only had a small amount of time to spend here so couldn't spend as long as I would of liked looking at the displays. The only thing I will say is there was a bit of a lack of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Just visited the museum as it was on may way to my work place during the stay in london,,,,, really worth visiting as they have skeleton and other organs of all animals form small to large,,,,,will be of great knowledge to those who have interest in zoology,,,, enjoyed 2 hours spending there on the way back from my work apart... More 

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