Grant Museum of Zoology
Grant Museum of Zoology
The Grant Museum at University College London is one of the oldest zoological museums in Britain. It was founded by Robert Grant in 1827. Grant was a zoologist, teacher, and social radical who was a mentor to Charles Darwin. Grant held the first professorship of Zoology and Comparative anatomy in Britain and was one of the first proponents of the theory of human evolution.

Grant intended his eclectic museum collection to act as a teaching tool, a purpose it still fulfils today.

Some parts of the museum are like a time capsule; full of Victorian atmosphere. There are mounted (stuffed) animals, animals preserved in fluid jars, and cases full of skeletons.

One of most fascinating aspects of the museum is that it boasts examples of species that are now extinct or rarely found today, including the dodo, thylacine, Tasmanian tiger, giant snail, and quagga. Where else could you see the skeleton of a gorilla that once hugged HG Wells?

The Grant Museum presents a range of educational opportunities, including free school workshops and hands-on family events. There are also a series of adult evening talks and exhibitions.