The Grant Museum of Zoology

August 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Posted in General, London, museum, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | Leave a comment
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Over at UCL (University College London), near Euston tube, in amongst all of the academic departments you’ll find the free Grant Museum of Zoology and its collection of animal specimens.

It’s well signposted so should be fairly easy to find on the campus however it is in a teaching building so you you’ll need to advise security when you enter in order to get buzzed through the barriers.

As the name suggests this smallish museum looks at the animal kingdom. Upon entering you’ll see rows of display cabinets and every other piece of available space seemingly filled with different specimens. While not dark and musty it is still atmospheric, a cross between modern student and Victorian collector.

The first part details the development of the collection and the influence of its subsequent curators. The second section (and bulk of the floorspace) is devoted to each of the classes with multiple examples (generally skeletons, some in jars) in the cabinets.

The overview panels in each area provide just enough information to enlighten without boring a general reader. Each specimen will have a name tag and a number will provide more in-depth information.

Besides the general museum goer you may come across students and artists drawing some of the specimens.

For those with an interest in zoology and don’t want to go to the natural history museum then this is an excellent option .

The Petrie museum is also located nearby within the UCL campus.

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