Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL

Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL The Grant Museum of Zoology is an incredible place to get up close to thousands of amazing animal specimens. Free entry Mon-Sat, 13:00-17:00.
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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

25/04/2020

Our Curator's found THE #SassiestObject, fins down.......RT @tannis_davidson: That expression. That tail flip. She’s looking good and knows it. @GrantMuseum guitarfish #SassiestObject #CURATORBATTLE #NHlockdown

16/03/2020

Due to the evolving coronavirus outbreak and related concerns the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology is currently closed and our events and research visits will be cancelled until the end of April 2020. We hope to be open again soon and our decision will be guided by the Government’s public health advice.

Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! At the Grant Museum, we're celebrating invertebrates. They represent 95% of all known animal sp...
03/03/2020

Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! At the Grant Museum, we're celebrating invertebrates. They represent 95% of all known animal species, about 1.25 million species have been described and around 30% of species are threatened with extinction.

18/01/2020

There will be reduced access to the Museum on Saturday 18 January and Saturday 25 January.

As part of the project to relocate the Eastman Dental Institute into the Rockefeller Building, University Street will be closed for construction work on Saturday 18 January and Saturday 25 January. Entry to the Grant Museum will be through the side entrance on Gower Street. Pedestrian access is maintained.

Unfortunately there will be no step-free access to the museum on these two Saturdays. There are five stone steps up to the entrance on Gower Street, and no handrail.

Capacity inside the museum will be reduced, and visitors may be asked to queue outside if the museum is full. We will update social media on the day to inform visitors if queueing is likely.

Drop in tomorrow to our 'Explore Zoology' family activities and get to grips with real specimens that are usually on dis...
03/01/2020

Drop in tomorrow to our 'Explore Zoology' family activities and get to grips with real specimens that are usually on display behind glass. Featuring themes from our 'Displays of Power' exhibition. Sat 4th Jan, 1-4pm, no need to book, we look forward to seeing you soon! #UCL

Come and join us this Saturday for our #free Creature Creations family workshop in @GrantMuseum. Create works of art ins...
12/12/2019

Come and join us this Saturday for our #free Creature Creations family workshop in @GrantMuseum. Create works of art inspired by our specimens or perhaps make your own weird and wonderful imaginary animal. Drop in between 1-4pm.

There is reduced access at the Grant Museum today! Our 'Explore Zoology' session will run as usual. More information to ...
07/12/2019
Reduced access Saturday 7 December

There is reduced access at the Grant Museum today! Our 'Explore Zoology' session will run as usual. More information to be found here: http://ow.ly/DfG250xsAix

As part of the Eastman Dental Institute relocation project, University Street will be closed for works on Saturday 7 December. In addition, there are a number of road closures around Store Street and Chenies Street with traffic diversions in place. Entry to the museum will be through the side entran...

There will be reduced access at the Museum this coming Saturday, 7th December. Our 'Explore Zoology' session will still ...
05/12/2019
Reduced access Saturday 7 December

There will be reduced access at the Museum this coming Saturday, 7th December. Our 'Explore Zoology' session will still be running so please do come and visit us! More information to be found here: http://ow.ly/PXXJ50xsAf2

As part of the Eastman Dental Institute relocation project, University Street will be closed for works on Saturday 7 December. In addition, there are a number of road closures around Store Street and Chenies Street with traffic diversions in place. Entry to the museum will be through the side entran...

Yesterday was our Grant Museum Friends' trip, this year held at @RoyalVetCollege - ranked the world's no.1 vet school. T...
29/10/2019

Yesterday was our Grant Museum Friends' trip, this year held at @RoyalVetCollege - ranked the world's no.1 vet school. Thank you so much RVC for hosting this amazing event- we learnt so much including how to take a dog's pulse! Also a big thank you to the GMZ friends who joined us.

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Don't miss #QI tonight @qikipedia featuring our curator @tannis_davidson ..will Tannis solve an age-old mystery relating...
25/10/2019

Don't miss #QI tonight @qikipedia featuring our curator @tannis_davidson ..will Tannis solve an age-old mystery relating to our famous quagga? BBC2, 10pm

We have fallen hook, line and sinker for UCL Culture Museum Volunteer Margaret Peng's Specimen of the Week post on the s...
25/10/2019

We have fallen hook, line and sinker for UCL Culture Museum Volunteer Margaret Peng's Specimen of the Week post on the subject of the garpike fish. https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/

Come along to our 'Creature Creations' event this Friday and create works of art inspired by the animals at the Grant Mu...
22/10/2019

Come along to our 'Creature Creations' event this Friday and create works of art inspired by the animals at the Grant Museum, or invent your own animal to add to our collection!

It's free & there is no need to book, drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm- http://ow.ly/OJIE50wR3y1

Come and hang out with us on #internationalgibbonday, 24th Oct! Meet the experts and learn about the behaviour, anatomy ...
18/10/2019

Come and hang out with us on #internationalgibbonday, 24th Oct! Meet the experts and learn about the behaviour, anatomy and sounds of this fascinating and endangered species, with talks, storytelling and activities. Free, just drop in, 13.00-15.00 http://ow.ly/kmrX50wOOsh

Drop in to our 'Explore Zoology' family activities and get to grips with real specimens that are usually on display behi...
18/10/2019

Drop in to our 'Explore Zoology' family activities and get to grips with real specimens that are usually on display behind glass. Featuring themes from our 'Displays of Power' exhibition. 19th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Oct, 1-4pm, no need to book, we look forward to seeing you soon!

10/10/2019

We are closed on occasional Saturdays in 2019 for essential building work. The next closures will be Saturday 26th October 2019 & Saturday 2nd November 2019. Additional closures will be announced as soon as possible.

Find out more about the animals that roam at night guided by the moon in UCL's free family interactive museum trail. Par...
21/09/2019

Find out more about the animals that roam at night guided by the moon in UCL's free family interactive museum trail. Part of UCL's #ItsAllAcademic Festival and Bloomsbury Festival 2019. www.ucl.ac.uk/campaign/festival

Be one of the first to see our new exhibition #DisplaysOfPower, which opens today.Once you’ve seen how Empire shaped the...
19/09/2019
Displays of Power

Be one of the first to see our new exhibition #DisplaysOfPower, which opens today.

Once you’ve seen how Empire shaped the Grant Museum collection, you’ll never look at natural history museums in the same way again.

When the practice of collecting animals for science was at its height, so was the British Empire. This free exhibition connects the specimens in the Grant Museum of Zoology to a wider history of science and Empire, by asking one simple question: “How did all these things come to be here in the fir...

The UCL Pathology Museum is home to thousands of human medical specimens. As part of Open House weekend, we will be open...
07/09/2019

The UCL Pathology Museum is home to thousands of human medical specimens. As part of Open House weekend, we will be open between 10:00 and 16:00 on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2019 - come & explore how the collection is used to understand disease. http://ow.ly/freT50w0MXy

05/09/2019

Due to building work in the area, we will be closed on occasional Saturdays in September and October. The next closure will be Saturday 14th September. Further closures will be announced as soon as possible. For help planning your visit, please call 020 3108 9000.

Due to essential construction work in the area we will be closed on the following Saturdays:31st August 20197th Septembe...
29/08/2019
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Due to essential construction work in the area we will be closed on the following Saturdays:
31st August 2019
7th September 2019
14th September 2019

We apologise for the inconvenience. You can find our fantastic upcoming events and exhibitions at https://bit.ly/2Hiyw58

UCL (University College London) is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with 8,000 staff and 25,000 students.

What has a brain the size of a sesame seed, can travel over 6,000 miles and can multiply its own lifespan by 8? Find out...
16/08/2019

What has a brain the size of a sesame seed, can travel over 6,000 miles and can multiply its own lifespan by 8? Find out in today's Specimen of the Week blog, by volunteer Melissa Wooding! https://bit.ly/2OVmNzP

Thank you to Sylvie W who created this fantastic drawing of the jar of moles (photographed alongside the original). This...
14/08/2019

Thank you to Sylvie W who created this fantastic drawing of the jar of moles (photographed alongside the original). This is one of the Museum’s most popular objects - perhaps because they look rather like a jar of sweets. Read more about the moles at http://ow.ly/t6NN50vx5Yx.

Thursday's performance of Vigil by artist Tom Bailey is now SOLD OUT but there are still a few tickets left for Friday. ...
03/06/2019
Vigil

Thursday's performance of Vigil by artist Tom Bailey is now SOLD OUT but there are still a few tickets left for Friday. Book yours to get up close and personal with internationally threatened species at the Grant Museum.

A Cinnamon-coloured Cryptic Tree Hunter. A Problematic Flasher. Dusky Seaside Sparrow. Fire Millipede from Hell… Vigil is a wild, playful encounter with internationally threatened species.

Ever wished for a world without wasps? UCL researcher Dr Seirian Sumner says these unpopular insects are actually doing ...
20/05/2019
Scientists: Why we should appreciate wasps

Ever wished for a world without wasps? UCL researcher Dr Seirian Sumner says these unpopular insects are actually doing humans a huge favour. Find out more on the BBC website - and hear from Seirian herself at UCL at the 22nd Annual Grant Lecture this Thursday.

Wasps are seen as 'bothersome and pointless' and not given the attention they deserve - researchers.

29/03/2019

We’re sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no Creature Creations session tomorrow. We will be open as usual, 1pm-5pm.

Our alternative Valentine's evening event is one of the Londonist's top picks for things to do this Thursday! Book your ...
11/02/2019
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Our alternative Valentine's evening event is one of the Londonist's top picks for things to do this Thursday! Book your £5 ticket now and join us for games, crafts and lurvely cocktails.

Smile! It's #ChineseNewYear 2019 - Year of the PIG! 🐷 This specimen of a domestic pig skull (Z1089) is one of several in...
05/02/2019

Smile! It's #ChineseNewYear 2019 - Year of the PIG! 🐷 This specimen of a domestic pig skull (Z1089) is one of several in the Grant Museum of Zoology. Delve into the astonishing diversity of our collections with our free drop-in workshop Explore Zoology on 22 February 13.00-16.00.

We're experiencing some technical problems with the UCL Culture website. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes and tha...
18/01/2019
www.ucl.ac.uk

We're experiencing some technical problems with the UCL Culture website. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes and thanks for bearing with us while we get it fixed.

The museum will be open as usual on Saturday from 13:00-17:00 and our events programme is online here:

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University College London, 21 University Street
London
WC1E 6DE

Nearest Underground stations: Euston Square, Euston, Goodge Street, Warren Street

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00

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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. Entry to the museum is free and we’re open Monday - Saturday from 13:00-17:00. 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 fortnightly Saturdays. All of our family workshops are fun, hands-on and include the use of the museum’s collections, giving children and young people the chance 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’re proud to be part of UCL Culture and showcase exciting research at UCL with researchers and PhD students in our programme of talks, temporary art exhibitions and late night openings. Find out more about the museum and our full events programme at ucl.ac.uk/culture/grant-museum

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A real hidden gem this place. Free admission although donations very gratefully received. Extremely helpful and friendly staff. Something for everyone here. Offering an education unachievable by book or lesson. The experience of being up close to an elephant skull and heart or a whale vertebra leaves both young and old in absolute awe of the animal kingdom. Highly recommended :)
Spent a fascinating hour wandering around the museum, will definitely go back.
Hello Grant Museum, I'm a long time reader of Dr. Carnall's Underwhelming Fish Fossil of the Month blog. I've noticed that it has been many months since the last installment. I understand that Dr. Carnall now works at Oxford. Is the end of UFFotM or will another curator take up the torch? I hope dearly to be underwhelmed again in the future. Thank you
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Good morning! there is an event on the 26th - (Ordinary) Animal Showoff Is it free? Do we need to book? I have tried to call the event team, but it said the mailbox is full and had no answer. Thanks in advance for your help,