Grant Museum of Zoology

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

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

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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

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.
Dr. Helen Czerski with barn owl

Animal Super Senses: Nature Inspired Engineering

  • 3 September 2014 6:30-9pm

Have you ever wondered how a snake can see in the infrared? Or how a moth can follow an incredibly faint scent trail to its source? It’s not that their senses are just the same as ours, but better. They frequently use completely different sensing mechanisms, capable of giving them information about their world that we’re oblivious to. And now humans are starting to learn from the animals. Engineers are being inspired by the structures that animals have built into their own bodies, and this is leading to new materials and new solutions to long-standing problems.

Join us for this evening event celebrating the engineering solutions that animals have built into themselves, and what we can learn from them using some of the amazing specimens from the Grant Museum of Zoology.

This event ties in with the upcoming BBC2 series “Super Senses: The secret power of animals”, presented by UCL research fellow Helen Czerski and biologist Patrick Ayree. Helen will talk about the process of filming this series, the science she learned, and what it’s like for a physicist to have to wade into a swamp full of alligators. And then UCL engineers will share some of their cutting-edge animal-inspired research projectsf ollowed by a discussion of where this might lead in the future.

The Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering is a new cross-disciplinary Centre at UCL, supported by an EPSRC "Frontier Engineering" Award. It is dedicated to solving challenging problems, such as those related to energy, sustainability, health or scalable manufacturing, by learning from fundamental mechanisms behind desirable features in natural systems, and using lessons from nature to design innovative and effective solutions to these pressing problems. This is your chance to hear about some of the projects they are working on

The event is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum. This event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

Families handling specimens in the Museum

Explore Zoology

  • 13 September 2014 1-4:30pm

We have rifled through our drawers and searched through our cabinets to bring out some of our most amazing animals for our family hands-on specimen based activities. Ever wondered what the skin of a python feels like or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many spots a leopard has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists 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 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

View into one of the Grant Museum cabinets showing bat skeletons

Show’n’Tell: Chagos Islands

  • 25 September 2014 1-2pm

We have invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. David Curnick will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose his object. Find out more about David’s work on the marine protected areas around the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and some of his novel methods of investigating the fish populations there.

Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail his chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

View inside of the cabinets at the Grant Museum of Zoology showing bat skeletons

Show’n’Tell: Peatlands

  • 8 October 2014 1-2pm

The Grant Museum of Zoology has invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. Hannah Robson will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Hannah’s work investigating the UK’s most globally significant wildlife area, the Flow Country peatlands of Northern Scotland, and animals that live there.


Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail her chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

Focus on the Positive starburst logo

Focus on the Positive

  • 16 October 2014 7-9pm

Worried about the world's problems? Focus on the Positive is an event that gives you a chance to make things better. Join us to hear UCL researchers pitch their ideas, and you can actually help to decide which ones will get funded.

The winning researcher gets a £2000 prize to fix the world and one runner up wins £1000.

For a very special Focus on the Positive, the Grant Museum welcomes some of UCL’s inspiring researchers who will tackle the big issues of today, inspired by the collection. They might want to use the money to bring their research into the real world, start a project or work with a charity. It’s a great opportunity to debate some big questions, meet people who are passionate about changing the world, and make a difference.

This event is free and there is no need to book, during the evening there will be a paid bar with all proceeds going conservation of our historic collection.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

Families touching Museum specimens

Explore Zoology

  • 18 October 2014 1-4:30pm

We have rifled through our drawers and searched through our cabinets to bring out some of our most amazing animals for our family hands-on specimen based activities. Ever wondered what the skin of a python feels like or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many spots a leopard has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists 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 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

View into a cabinet at the Grant Museum of Zoology showing bat skeletons

Show’n’Tell: Soda Lakes

  • 22 October 2014 1-2pm

The Grant Museum of Zoology has invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. Antonia Ford will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Elizabeth’s research on the unique habitat of the soda lakes of East Africa and the diversity of fish that inhabit them.
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Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail her chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

Portrait of a golden mole

Marvellous Mammals

  • 27 October — 1 November 2014

From rhinos to wombats this half term we will be celebrating the beautiful and furry world of mammals. Come face-to-face with our marvellous mammals and have a chance to get your hands on and handle some of our fantastic specimens like elephant tusks, tiger skulls and leopard skin.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Tomb bat specimen

Grant Museum After Hours: Halloween late opening

  • 31 October 2014 6:30-9pm

Join our bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens and come enjoy the Grant Museum at night. From the bizarre to the incredible, our film nights, late openings and talks will make you take another look at the natural world.

Where better to spend Halloween than in a room of scary skeletons and skulls? If it’s “Eye of newt, and toe of frog” or “Wool of bat, and tongue of dog”, we’ve got all you could want for cooking up some toil and trouble this All Hallow’s Eve. Join us, if you dare, for a special late opening and discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover some ghoulish animal facts along the way with Halloween themed specimen labels. There is no need to book, tickets are sold on the door and cost £5, which includes a free glass of wine. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed visitors. For a chance to win, all you have to do is tweet a photo of yourself in the Museum in costume @grantmuseum.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

Cavansite specimen with white and blue crystals

Festival of Geology

  • 1 November 2014 10:30am-4pm

The Festival of Geology is a partnership between UCL, the Geologists Association and Rockwatch. Take part in brilliant activities allowing you to handle fantastic fossils, marvellous minerals and remarkable rocks. Try your hand at gem panning, identifying minerals and casting fossils, or come and listen to the range of talks on topics as varied as tropical forests at the poles or Mars exploration or the colour of dinosaurs. This day-long celebration of all things geological is one not to be missed for rock enthusiasts of all ages. And for those who can’t get enough of rocks and fossils there are field trips on the Sunday of that weekend, see the leaflets available on the day for more information. The event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

Families touching some of the Grant Museum of Zoology specimens

Explore Zoology

  • 15 November 2014 1-4:30pm

We have rifled through our drawers and searched through our cabinets to bring out some of our most amazing animals for our family hands-on specimen based activities. Ever wondered what the skin of a python feels like or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many spots a leopard has? Well, bring along your budding zoologists 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 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

taxidermy koala specimen

18th Annual Grant Lecture: Why aren’t there any marsupial whales?

  • 18 November 2014 6:30-9pm

Reproductive strategies vary wildly across vertebrates. Some species lay eggs, while other bear live young; some have larval stages with and undergo extensive changes before adult-hood, while others develop directly into forms similar to their parents. Dr. Anjali Goswami will present her research on the evolutionary consequences of these different strategies focusing on marsupials using evidence ranging from long extinct museum fossils through to cutting edge techniques looking at developing embryos. This event is free and there is no need to book. Following the lecture will be a free wine reception and a private view of the Museum.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

Grant Museum After Hours: One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975) on the Big Screen

  • 25 November 2014 6:30-9pm

Join our bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens and come enjoy the Grant Museum at night. From the bizarre to the incredible, our film nights, late openings and talks will make you take another look at the natural world.


In this classic comic espionage a team of nannies join forces with Scotland Yard and set off to find top secret documents stolen by Chinese spies and hidden within the skeleton of a dinosaur that now sits in the Natural History Museum, Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain (UCL Science and Technology Studies) will introduce the film that will make you question your very existence. The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum. This event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

View inside a cabinet at the Grant Museum of Zoology showing bat skeletons

Show’N’Tell: Great Apes

  • 26 November 2014 1-2pm

We have invited PhD students who carry out research here at UCL to showcase just one object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 and tell you what they know about it. Josephine Msindai will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Josephine’s research on the social structure and conservation of primates around Africa’s Lake Victoria.


Don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole hour, doors open at 1pm with the talk starting at 1:15pm and lasts around 30 minutes after which the speaker will be on hand to show you in more detail her chosen object for the last 15 minutes. Stay for the whole hour or just dip in for the talk over your lunchtime and discover the stories hidden away in our collection. This event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology/whats-on

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

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