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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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Small but interesting museum

We popped in here as we had an hour to spare one Saturday afternoon. It is open 1pm - 5pm (Monday - Saturday) and is part of the UCL University. It is only small but has lots of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We popped in here as we had an hour to spare one Saturday afternoon. It is open 1pm - 5pm (Monday - Saturday) and is part of the UCL University. It is only small but has lots of interesting exhibits with a 'top 10 leaflet' for people to find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I read about this museum on line, possibly on trip advisor or in one of the newspapers. It's free and contains hundreds of specimens dating back years. The collection of the speci,Ed's started in the early 1800s, so so,e of the specimens date back to before that. Great staff. Great hour of doing something different! They have a children's quiz... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed this place, exhibitions were interesting but i guess some would find them ugly:). This museum is pretty small in comparison with others in this city so it's a good choice to go there when you have an hour or two.

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Poitiers, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Huge collection of species of animals including man kind. It's a small room but if you look at everything there is hours of admiration. However for the non zoologist it can appear to be a bit gruesome and cruel.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

More interesting if you are studying this subject I imagine though still not bad and we probably spent around 20 minutes in there. there are lots of animals and animal specimens in jars etc. Definitely worth a look if you are nearby but not worth a trip out to it.

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Thank Molly600
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We briefly went into here, lots of fascinating animals and specimens, however the area is very small, very good if you have an interest in zoology or animals, but not the best for a long day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a free, intimate and fun museum to visit. There is a lot to see and a really amazing collection of brains, skulls, skeletons etc. The kids were "disgusted" and loved it!

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

great place, not large but crammed to the rafters with skeletal items dating back a century or more. all well preserved with staff who interact with the public and encourage the public to interact with some exhibits the museum is open Monday-Saturday 1pm -5pm , it is well worth a visit, they also have small personal exhibits, the one there... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Although the museum itself is small and contained into one room, all I can say is, wow. There's a heck of a lot fo stuff packed into this space, and so much variety as well. I spent around an hour picking through all the displays and jars, but I reckon I could have easily spent longer there.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Anyone with a keen interest in natural history, particularly zoology like myself will love this place. It is small so you do not need long to get around it. The only negative that much of the display was high up the walls where you can't see it properly. But there is a wealth of interesting exhibits at eye level and... More 

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