Grant Museum of Zoology

An interior view of a large gallery filled with display cases containing animal skeletons
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Dating back to 1828, the Museum houses a diverse Natural History collection covering the whole of the animal kingdom. Retaining an air of the avid Victorian collector, the Museum contains cases packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 13.00-17.00

Due to the holiday closure of UCL, the Museum is not open for a few days surrounding Easter and Christmas.

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

Nearest tube stations: Euston Square, Euston, Goodge St, Warren St

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Photo of a Knitted Skull

Skullpture at the Grant Museum

  • 26 May — 6 August 2016

Sculpture students from the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL have been invited to create works in response to the Museum’s collections, science and history. The brief is wide – they may place works among the Museum’s own objects, take over entire cabinets, or use other voids and spaces. Alongside the Museum’s historic skeletons, skulls and specimens preserved in jars, the new works will engage with animal/human encounters and transform the historic zoological museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Children in the Grant Museum

Explore Zoology

  • 7 May 2016 1-4:30pm

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities and be inspired to ask these questions and many more with our enthusiastic museum educators. Come along and be amazed at the natural world.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age
The Lost World Poster

Professor Joe Cain’s Film Night: Lost World (1925)

  • 10 May 2016 6:30-9pm

Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain presents the original film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. Roguish Professor Challenger sets out to prove that dinosaurs survive in South America, but the intrepid team he takes with get more than they bargained for.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
People talking in the Grant Museum

Under the Skin Taxidermy Late

  • 14 May 2016 6-9:30pm

Fancy something a little bit different this weekend? Come visit the Grant Museum of Zoology for our special late opening Under the Skin Taxidermy Late. The evening will feature live taxidermy by ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long and an exclusive viewing of the film short Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens. Our pop-up bar will be open all night selling wine, beer and taxidermy-themed cocktails, and to top it off there will be a special playlist! Take the opportunity to create your own alternative mounted animal head or simply sample a Grant Museum original Victorian Whimsy cocktail while browsing our collection.

This event is part of Museums at Night and tickets must be booked in advance through Eventbrite.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets must be booked in advance through Eventbrite. For enquiries please call 020 3108 2052.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/under-the-skin-taxidermy-late-tickets-24425243561

Grant Museum artwork

Creature Creations

  • 28 May 2016 1:30-4pm

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
Photograph of a Hippo

Hungry Hungry Herbivores

  • 31 May — 4 June 2016

From dugongs to hippos and camels to snails join us for this half-term holidays as we investigate some huge herbivores and some marvellous munchers. Take part in our fun specimen based activities and discover which animal is the hungriest herbivore plus really important questions like who produces the most poo. This event is free and there is no need to book. Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age
Animal Showoff Logo

Grant Museum After Hours: Animal Showoff

  • 8 June 2016 6:30-9:30pm

What would happen if we invited experts in every type of fauna* to make funny about the animals they know and love (or hate) for just 9 minutes? Animal Showoff is that! In a fun evening of science, jokes, stories and laughter come discover more about the animal kingdom from some of the its biggest fans.

*warning, may also contain plants, rocks and fossils.

Tickets are £6 and booking is essential. To book your ticket visit grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6

Dead Life Drawing Image

Dead, Life Drawing

  • 14 June 2016 6:30-9pm

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets cost £6 and include a free glass of wine but booking is essential, please visit: www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£6

Photo of Explore Zoology Day

Explore Zoology

  • 18 June 2016 1-4pm

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities and be inspired to ask these questions and many more with our enthusiastic museum educators. Come along and be amazed at the natural world.

Drop in between 1pm and 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free and drop-in

Creature Creations Artwork

Creature Creations

  • 25 June 2016 1:30-4pm

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.00pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Free

Photo of a Dead Life Drawing participant

Dead, Life Drawing

  • 12 July 2016 6:30-9pm

With cabinets full of (not so alive) life models from across the animal kingdom in some remarkable poses we invite you to join us for a lively evening of drawing. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced our sessions are led by a Museum artist to give you insight and confidence in a wide range of drawing practices. Materials will be provided.

Tickets are £6 including a free glass of wine and booking is essential, please visit http://grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets are £6 including a free glass of wine and booking is essential, please visit http://grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

Creature Creations Artwork

Creature Creations

  • 23 July 2016 1:30-4pm

Create works of art inspired by some of the weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant Museum home or invent your very own brand new animal, give it a name and add it to our collection in our family art day with our Museum artist.

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.00pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.00pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Photo of children at an explore zoology afternoon

Explore Zoology

  • 30 July 2016 1-4pm

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is, how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities and be inspired to ask these questions and many more with our enthusiastic museum educators. Come along and be amazed at the natural world.

Drop in between 1pm and 4pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free and drop-in

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Schools Programme

http://www.grant.museum.ucl.ac.uk

The Grant Museum offers free curriculum-linked hands-on workshops or outreach sessions using its fantastic specimens for schools and eductational groups. Topics include: Predators and Prey; Habitats and Adaptations; Skeletons and Movement; Classification; Ecosystems; art and many more.

How to obtain

Call Andy Richmond on 020 7679 2647 or email zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk

Getting there

Nearest tube stations: Euston Square, Euston, Goodge St, Warren St

Grant Museum of Zoology
UCL Rockefeller Building
21 University Street
London
Greater London
WC1E 6DE
England

logo: Museums at Night

Website

Grant Museum website

www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology

Grant Museum Facebook

www.facebook.com/GrantMuseumUCL

Grant Museum Twitter

www.twitter.com/GrantMuseum

E-mail

zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk

Telephone

020 3108 2052

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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