Come face to face with cases full of skeletons, specimens and stuffed animals at the Grant Museum of Zoology.
Robert Edmond Grant founded the museum in 1827 as a teaching collection for the University of London, now known as University College London. It opened its doors to the public in 1996 and runs events and exhibitions throughout the year, alongside the permanent collection..
What is there to see at the Grant Museum of Zoology?
The Grant Museum of Zoology houses a natural history collection that encompasses the animal kingdom, including rare and extinct specimens.
Look out for the skeleton of the extinct South African zebra known as the quagga. The last quagga died in in 1883 and the museum’s skeleton is one of only seven in existence making it the rarest in the world. Other rare artefacts include dodo bones and thylacine specimens, a dog-like marsupial extinct since the 1930s.
The museum also has a fine collection of models, including Blaschka glass models that capture the delicate and intricate details of marine invertebrates such as jellyfish.
Is the Grant Museum of Zoology free to visit?
The Grant Museum of Zoology is free to visit and you don't need to book in advance.
Where is the Grant Museum of Zoology?
The Grant Museum of Zoology is housed in the Rockefeller Building at University College London in Bloomsbury.
How do I get to the Grant Museum of Zoology?
The closest Tube stations to the Grant Museum of Zoology are Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines) and Goodge Street (Northern line). All three stations are within a five-minute walk away.
What are the Grant Museum of Zoology’s opening times?
The Grant Museum is open from 1pm to 5pm from Tuesday to Friday, and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday.
Facilities & Accessibility
- Access into the Building
Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
- Payment Facilities