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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
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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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Quaint, little museum

I visited Grant Museum out of curiosity and because I had nothing else to do after running an errand for my boyfriend took me to the University College London area. It's a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited Grant Museum out of curiosity and because I had nothing else to do after running an errand for my boyfriend took me to the University College London area. It's a quaint, little museum which is a refreshing change from the bigger, more popular, crowded ones in London. Grant Museum is a must for zoology enthusiasts. There are numerous... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a somewhat macabre museum with many skeletons and odd things in jars, we loved it! It's like something out of a Harry Potter movie but it's all real. While unusual and a bit spooky with skeletons looming upstairs, it is very popular with children and there were books and an activity table in the middle to either further... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go along to this old style zoology museum just to experience what museums used to look and feel like. There are no modern gimmicks such as interactive displays, just a well explained and well laid out, learning experience. Some would refer to this as a dead zoo. That is exactly what it is and should remain so. If visiting the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Went with my sister and we both loved it here. So many unusual things such as a jar filled with lots of moles. If you are looking for something to do that's a bit different and quirky and you are interested in animals then this is worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

This little museum is only open in the afternoon mon to sat. It is an elegant galleried room with a collection of preserved animals, (check the jar of moles)and skeletons. It is fascinating and a real treat. I've visited a few times and always find something different. A gem.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

The museum is small and contained to one room but houses hundreds if not thousands of specimens. There's different species from cells to a massive elephants heart and skeleton of a rhinocerous. What's great is that you can adopt a specimen for £15 per year, though most of the generic ones have been taken (your name goes above the specimen)... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

This is a unique museum which is def for the quirky. It's completely free and great for anyone with access issues as there is a ramp going in and the entire museum is on one floor. I would say the museum is more like a big room with cabinets that you weave in and out off. If someone were to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Passed this wonderful museum on a stroll around London...fascinating..my daughter loved it and it was very factual ...a must see ...maybe not for very very young minds ...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Enjoyable but strange - the victorian idea of conservation would appear to be pickeling animals in jars. Great fun (not for the animals) and I have to conclude that it is the museum itselth that is the exhibit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

My daughter asked to go here, no it was only 10 mins walk from hotel. What an amazing little place, loads of things to see. We spent an hour in there. Very interesting to see inside animals. Highly recommend a visit if your looking for somewhere abit different

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