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Grant Museum of Zoology

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Address: 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE, England
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+44 20 3108 2052
13:00 - 17:00
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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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Visited as we fancied something a bit different as we've done all the usual London things before! Was intriguing & interesting - however even smaller than i realised - I'd say you... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited as we fancied something a bit different as we've done all the usual London things before! Was intriguing & interesting - however even smaller than i realised - I'd say you really only need an hour unless you're studying everything really closely

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a single room museum packed with medical style specimens of bones, skulls, preserved animals and so on. Quite old fashioned really but the volunteer staff (whom I think are students at the University), brought it all to life and spent ages with the children exploring features of the animals. This moved it from a good old fashioned museum... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I visited the Grant Museum of Zoology for their late-night opening on Valentine's Day, which carried a £6 entry fee (although I believe the museum is usually free) - as the ticket price included a surprisingly nice glass of wine, however, I wasn't complaining and we certainly got our money's worth. The museum itself is basically one... More 

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Clacton-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip tied in with a school project my son was completing on Darwin, evolution and animal extinction. The museum had hundreds if not thousands of different exhibits; this in itself fascinated my son, however what really made it a great visit was the museums young, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, with whom my son enjoyed stimulating conversations and activities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those museums a little off the beaten track which may have been missed on an itinerary. We were staying on Gower street looking for things to do and this museum popped up. After visiting the British museum and being a bit bored we visited this place. Its only open in the afternoon and attached to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was up in London with an hour to spare. I had seen the Grant Museum on a website of odd places to visit. I can highly recommend spending the hour it takes to have a look around. There are some very odd things in jars, skeletons and skulls. Don't miss the 'Jar of Moles'

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really interesting place. Huge amount to see. Not much information about what things are other than the names on the jars. Worth a visit if you're passing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent little museum; totally unexpected. We had an hour to kill by Tottenham Court Road and brought our 4 year old here. Slightly ghoulish for her - especially the skeletons looking down on you! - but we all absolutely loved it and will go back with our older children. Having lived in London forever we thought we knew pretty much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

incredibly informative, especially for a vet student! they truly used every inch of the place and each cabinet tells a story

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

I had read about this relatively obscure museum of zoology, and we finally had a chance to visit. It focuses mostly on the osteology of many animals and other specimens (it has a whole little room of microscopic slide specimens), but it is well displayed for the very small space the museum occupies. I was really taken up by the... More 

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