Grant Museum of Zoology
Time Out says
Housed in a former Edwardian library belonging to University College London, the Grant Museum retains the air of an avid Victorian collector’s house, but visitors are engaged in dialogue about the distant evolutionary past via the most modern means available, including iPads and smartphones. The museum’s 67,000 specimens include the remains of many rare and extinct creatures, including skeletons of the dodo and the zebra-like quagga (which lived in South Africa and was hunted out of existence in the 1880s), as well as pure oddities, not least the jar of moles. Don’t miss the Micrarium – a kind of booth walled with little illuminated microscope slides.
Rockefeller Building, University College London
21 University St
|Transport:||Tube: Euston/Goodge St|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 1-5pm; closed Christmas/Easter period.|
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Small, very cool museum - one of London's worst-kept secrets too. Even Google Maps will do everything for you to notice this little gem, and you'd do best to make some time for it ASAP.
A massive collection of animal carcasses, bone collections, replicas or stuffed versions are on display categorically, with a logical flow from wall to wall. It's fascinating how many types of animals the collection rounds up (some of them you won't even have heard of). There's everything from the common chicken to a quagga skeleton. My favourite display though was the wall of tiny jars, all containing mouse bones from all over the world. It's scary and incredible at the same time.
I do wish there was a bit more written knowledge on the walls, but the displays woo anyway. A truly fascinating trip, and you can get it done in your lunchbreak!
So many interesting animals arranged within the space everywhere I look that I can keep going back to see my favourites, only to discover more each time.
Fantastic, quirky displays of things you don't usually get to see, like the skeletons of animals. Kind staff with enthusiasm and ideas - and a huge amount of knowledge.
The Grant Museum is a hidden gem in Bloomsbury! This museum has something for everyone from young children to those looking to browse before catching the train at Euston. My family have gone to the Grant for years and every visit I see something new and interesting.
A gem of a museum, packed to the rafters with interesting zoological specimens. Home to the fantastic and unique Micrarium
A fantastic hidden gem of a museum which is enthralling for kids and fascinating for adults. Great interaction with exhibits and knowledgable staff. Highly recommended.
I had no idea this small museum existed until about 4 months ago, when a friend suggested a visit. What a hidden gem - absolutely love the place. I am an artist and for years have collected found bones, stones, skulls etc to draw, or just to 'have'- this place is right up my street. I think the anaconda winding round the tree branch is sheer genius, goodness knows how long that took to assemble..
Amazing collection of specimens, enough to appeal to all ages and levels of curiosity. My favourite is the jar of moles, but the inclusion of someone's cloned pet and the opportunity to dig for millions of years old fossilised sharks teeth have kept me going back. There are rare screenings, bizarre talks and enthusiast fuelled exhibitions. Get on the mailing list and explore some of the quirkier sides of London's Natural History treasures.