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Grant Museum of Zoology

#136 of 1,616 things to do in London
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Address: 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE, England
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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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this place is nice an quiet and is full of bones, bugs and other weird and wonderful things about animals

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this place is nice an quiet and is full of bones, bugs and other weird and wonderful things about animals

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Retford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this whilst looking for something different to do. We'd done all of the touristy things on previous visits to london and wanted something a bit different this time - and different is definitely what we got! Although small in size, this place has a lot to offer! Everything is well presented and I love the fact the... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jars, skeletons, skulls... you name it, it's there. What a great collection for the curious mind. A bit jumbled up, but very atmospheric and packed with surprises. Little ones will love it. Free. Opens daily 1pm to 5pm.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an hour to spare before our return train from Euston Station,this little Musuem past the time nicely less than a 5 minute walk from the station.Lots of skeletons of larger animals and many more in jars if in the area with a little time to spare give it a go.

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

If you're a fan of the odd or quirky (or you just really like moles in a jar) then this is for you. It's in a great building, it's free and there's lots of strange things in glass cases you can stare at for a surprisingly long time. What is there not to like about this place?

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

What a great find! This small museum has been at its current site for 6 years and is a treasure trove of skeletal specimens.

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Thank BrynLloyd
Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

A very Victorian styled room show casing skeletons and pickled animals. Rangeing from small sea creatures to moles to hippo skulls. I found it bizarre but so very interesting. Good for children as they have a trail to follow. A remnant of a bygone age.

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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

One of the last of the classic 'things in jars' and 'cases full of weird skeletons' type museums, and well worth an hour of your time. Some splendidly strange things like a jar full of preserved moles and the like, quagga skeleton, skin of a thylacine, etc. I like the skeletal observers from the upper level also. Free to enter,... More 

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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Good place to visit, should be opened the whole day but not just at 1:00. A wonderful place to explore fantastic creatures and animals around the world. Give it a try and you'll enjoy it. A bit creepy for people who don't like skeletons as there are some hanging on the balcony.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Quirky and varied collection of animals...some of them inside jars! Very interesting and a good way to spend around 1 hour. No fee to visit.

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