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Grant Museum of Zoology, London

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The Grant Museum of Zoology is the only remaining university zoology museum in London. It houses around 68,000 specimens, covering the whole animal kingdom.

Founded in 1828 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.

We run family activities during the half-terms and regular themed Saturdays. All of our activities are fun, hands-on and include the use of the Museum’s collections, allowing families to handle and see our specimens in a different light.

From the light-hearted to the thought provoking, our adult programme aims to amuse, stimulate and challenge in equal measure. We cover the big issues in some of our panel discussions on current developments in science, showcase exciting research at UCL with PhD students in our lunchtime talks, and entertain with our cult movie screenings and themed late night openings. Our events are often followed by a private view of the Museum, during which visitors can enjoy the Museum in a relaxed environment.

Full details of our events can be found on our website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/grant-museum
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  • Me and my daughter stumbled across this when walking in grant street London. Free entry . Lovely staff. Very different to other museums . We were given a list of things to find based on our interests ...  more »
  • Interesting and macabre place. My highlight was the Jar of Moles. Free admission, donate if you want, accessible venue.  more »
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  • A world away from the family friendly exhibits Natural History Museum is this tiny room of wonders. Every single shelf is stacked with skeletons, fossils and jars (including a jar of moles?!) It is a fascinating, if macabre, place, and includes dodo bones and a skeleton of a python which had to be constructed on the roof because it was so large. There are helpful tags to identify everything although not much more information. It is a great venue to visit if you like your museums unique and full of character, and if you are interested in the natural world. It takes about an hour to get around but I saw many people bringing sketch pads to draw the unique specimens and there's a 'treasure hunt' type activity for kids to do while you're walking around. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable if you have any questions too. The museum has quite short opening hours and is closed on Mondays so make sure you check before you travel!
  • Great little museum. Super friendly staff who welcome you enthusiastically. This is linked to the Biology / Zoology dept. of the University of London and is a working museum, where students and visiting parties get talks on related subjects. Some interesting artefacts, with an emphasis on micro subjects as well. Good for a couple of hours visit.
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