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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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For the inquisitive mind!...

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 ...

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Paul F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Thank Chris37111
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Natural history museums have evolved over time, much like their subject matter. The Grant Museum has an old-world attraction that merits an hour or so of your time. We've seen natural history museums all over the world. There are only a handful of museums like this left (other notable examples being the Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg, Russia; the natural history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went based on the reviews and it did not disappoint. The displays are unusual, interesting and creepy all at the same time. There's enough for kids to be curious without being frightened. It is only one big room.and won't take longer than one hour to look round but sometimes that's all you need (kids were 7 and 9). If it's... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely time here, the staff all friendly and helpful. Great old building and fascinating displays. Kids will love the gruesome bits-the jar of moles and dissected heads were highlights. Good photo opportunities. Will visit again when they have event on. Thank you.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably, hands down, my favourite museum of London. No where near as busy as the main museums but still completely fascinating. The specimens are all incredibly interesting and you can keep young children engaged by telling different stories of extinct species. It has a lovely atmosphere and the staff are always a delight. Would recommend!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Grant Museum of Zoology is a museum with a fascinating collection of preserved animals from all over the globe. The exhibits are well presented and include a selection of interesting facts related to the animals present. My favourite was the selection of frogs and reptiles which shed light on some of nature's oddities. Definitely worth a visit for animal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've got even a passing interest in biology, the natural world, evolution or have never seen a jar containing pickled sea mice (go on, you know you haven't) visit the Grant. Sponsor a specimen to support them. They're entirely worth it, and especially for artists, because you can sketch the skeletons and specimens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved spending some time in this small museum. As most of us are interested in biology/zoology, that was to be expected. Although one of our teens found all the specimens on 'strong water' a bit gross, she did enjoy the various skeletons of animals on display. Definitely worthwhile a visit!

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