Grant Museum of Zoology
This tiny museum was set up to house a zoological and entomological teaching collection for the University of London (now UCL) and comprises over 68,000 specimens. It’s really refreshing to learn about the animal kingdom by studying skeletons in cases and specimens in jars. The most unusual object is a tightly packed jar of 18 moles. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 1-5 pm, but I recommend getting to one of their evening events if possible, especially the “dead, life drawing” classes.
Skeletons and preserved remains of animals large and small in Victorian-style glass cases.
From a jar of tiny moles to a huge elephant skull that helps to explain the Cyclops myth (its large central cavity could well be a monocular eye socket), there is plenty here to draw gasps of amazement.
The Grant Museum of Zoology is the only remaining university zoological 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…
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