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“Like a step back in time”

Grant Museum of Zoology
Ranked #99 of 1,827 things to do in London
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 22, 2011

I kept reading great things about this museum here on trip advisor and eagerly awaited it's re-opening a mere two weeks before my UK visa expiry date and it was definitely well worth the wait!

I went on a Saturday, but I believe it is usually open on weekdays only. It was wonderful, it was really interesting to see the specimens that scientists from over 100 years ago used to learn from. Some of the specimens are sadly now extinct and are for that reason quite rare. I especially liked the Tasmanian Tiger and the Dodo bird remains. The place is really like a step back in time, a historical snapshot if you will.

Besides the historical factor it also has the curiosity factor as you never know what you will find. Anything from a jar of pickled moles to a hippopotamus skull!

I went by myself, but there was a lot of people with kids there and you could tell that they loved it. I think it's a great place for everybody and best of all it's free!

4  Thank bec85
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

My son 'found' this museum after a visit to the British Museum ( which he rated as sort of ok ) We had passed the door on the way and he said he wanted to look inside. It was like stepping into a time machine. You could sense the excitement of those scientists who had preserved the animals all those years ago. Back home when asked what was the best bit of our 3 day visit to London, this came top of the list and he took great pleasure in telling his friends all about the exhibits. You can always tell when a child has really enjoyed something because the excited conversation is always punctuated by 'and' ( "and they had this, and they had that, and it was ......) you get my meaning. Twelve months down the line it still gets mentioned when we discuss a city visit. Whoever is in chage of the running of this museum can you pleeeease never ever change it.

4  Thank bobabout99
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

It is one of the most fascinating museums I have ever visited. It is never boring and fresh discoveries are made on every visit. Interesting jars of specimans. Gorilla, bones and more bones of wonderful creatures. Any young budding scientist should drag hisher mother to the museum and then once seen the Mum's will be dragging the kids.Not only does it appeal to adults but children too. Its a museum that is great to visit time and time again. You really must visit yourself to view -it will draw your interest and continue to do so. If you love zoology, intrigued by creatures big and small, have a love of learning and love to accumulate facts and knowledge this is truly the museum to visit. Go on be enchanted. I rate this within the top 5 museums. The museum also arranges interesting talks , which ammounts to a great social evening and complimentry wine -all for about £3. Museum free. I am not giving too much away as you need to find out for yourself all the marvellous exhibits.

2  Thank Anya2
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Reviewed April 6, 2010

The first time I entered the Grant Museum, I thought I had stumbled onto the set of some movie featuring an eccentric scientist in the midst of an inscrutable experiment involving the body parts of innumerable animals – The Island of Doctor Moreau springs to mind. Soon, I discovered that I wasn’t far wrong.
Robert Edmund Grant founded the Museum in 1827, when he became Professor of Comparative Anatomy at University College London. Before then, he had studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and collected many marine specimens. During those years, he formed his theories concerning the nature of all animal life.
Today we would call him an evolutionist, even though his ideas predate those of Charles Darwin.
On display in the Museum are brain-like objects, actually corals. These are just a few of the specimens (62, 000 in all) that underpinned Grant’s belief that the same laws govern all forms of life. On display also is a stuffed gorilla, the skeleton of a tiger, a pickled hedgehog, and many, many more. In addition to being an incomparable teaching collection – as it is used still today – I believe that many a monster tale has had its genesis in the Grant. It is open Monday to Friday between one and five o’clock and all are welcome; students of every discipline, children of every age, science historians, writers, film-makers and the naturally curious. It’s a case of do have nightmares.

4  Thank BlondeMary
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Reviewed March 31, 2010

A treasure of calm and academic rigour just a stone's throw from the nonsense and consumerism of Tottenham Court Road. Allow an hour or two for every visit , and visit more than once to really appreciate the spread and simple importance of these skeletons and displays and the physical fact of our animal experience will soak through you

1  Thank DrSooze
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