The Grant Museum of Zoology was founded as a teaching collection in 1828 by Robert Edmond Grant. The collection has survived the bombs of war, ceiling collapses, evacuations, flooding and the threats of closure yet still stands today as the only remaining university zoological museum left in London.
Around 67,000 specimens live here, many of which are now either endangered or extinct such as the dodo, quagga and Tasmanian tiger.
The shelves and cabinets of the museum are an overloaded congregation of odd stillness and empty stares alongside the compellingly grotesque. It is a slightly unnerving place to visit yet it is improbable that you will leave without learning something new. I know we were truly fascinated and look forward to visiting these creatures again. I quite fancy taking the gibbon skeleton home with me – it’s so cute! However, I must confess that I don’t really fancy being accidentally locked in here at night.
Oh! I should mention that the the Micrarium that we previously mentioned HERE can be found in a corner of the Grants Museum. Another little fact worth noting is that this was the filming location for the courtroom scenes in Batman begins – of course this took place before the skeletal residents moved in and made it their new home.
You can find the Grant Museum here:
University College London
21 University Street
London WC1E 6DE