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.
Stubbs Kangaroo

Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals (exhibition)

  • 16 March — 27 June 2015 *on now

When new regions are explored and the species in them are discovered, how does the wider world experience these animals? The Strange Creatures exhibition will explore the world of animal representations, featuring the painting of a kangaroo by George Stubbs. It was painted following Captain Cook’s first “Voyage of Discovery” and is Europe’s first experience of an Australian animal.

Palaeontologists and historians of science, exploration and art from across University College London will tell stories from their own disciplines. Featuring medieval accounts of exotic creatures, art from the ages of exploration and empire, contemporary taxidermy and reconstructions of dinosaurs based on cutting-edge engineering principles, this exhibition questions how unknown animals are communicated to the wider public.

Monday to Saturday 1-5pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
London
WC1E 6DE

Admission

The exhibition is free and there is no need to book. Monday to Saturday 1-5pm.

Website

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

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.
Show n Tell

Show’n’Tell: Tastes just like…

  • 22 May 2015 1-2pm *on now

We have invited the co-curators of the Strange Creatures exhibition to showcase an object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 to share their Strange Creatures research. PhD student Misha Ewen will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Misha’s work on the history of the first colonists to settle in Virginia and the animals they encountered (and ate).

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.
This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Creating strange creatures

Creating Strange Creatures

  • 23 May 2015 1-4pm

The Museum has many amazing animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork with a Museum artist inspired by George Stubbs’ painting of the kangaroo.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.
This event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Stubbs Kangaroo

Kangaroos and Co.

  • 26 — 30 May 2015

Bandicoots, quolls, wombats and devils, Australia is home to a world of remarkable animals. Join us to take part in our fun hands-on specimen-based activities as we celebrate the wonderful world of marsupials.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free, drop in and there is no need to book.

26/05/15 to 30/05/15 from 13:00-16:30

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street

Admission

This event is free, drop in and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Draw it like stubbs

Draw it like Stubbs

  • 2 June 2015 6:30-9pm

Strange Creatures After Hours

The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.

What animal could you draw from just written descriptions made by drunken seamen who compared something to a greyhound, wild dog, hare, deer, goat, mouse, jerboa and sheep? A kangaroo? Well that’s what George Stubbs did. Join us for a fun evening of light-hearted drawing of animals based on contemporary and historical descriptions, can you draw it like Stubbs did?

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free and to book a ticket visit http://drawitlikestubbsjune.eventbrite.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

This event is free and to book a ticket visit http://drawitlikestubbsjune.eventbrite.co.uk

Website

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

Show n Tell

Show ‘n’ Tell: Australian Encounters

  • 5 June 2015 1-2pm

We have invited the co-curators of the Strange Creatures exhibition to showcase an object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 to share their Strange Creatures research. Professor Margot Finn will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more Margot’s research on the history of Australia’s first European settlers and their experiences of the almost unbelievable world they encountered.


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 part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Explore zoology

Explore Zoology

  • 6 June 2015 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

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Focus on the positive

Focus on the Positive

  • 10 June 2015 6:30-9pm

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.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Show n Tell

Show’n’Tell: Iron and Bone

  • 12 June 2015 1-2pm

We have invited the co-curators of the Strange Creatures exhibition to showcase an object from the Museum’s collection of 68,000 to share their Strange Creatures research. PhD student Kelly Freeman will be joining us after having rummaged through the drawers and cupboards to choose her object. Find out more about Kelly’s research on the surprisingly beautiful art of the Victorian zoology museum.

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 part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

This event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Seminar

Looking at Strange Creatures: A Travellers’ Tails seminar

  • 13 June 2015 10am-3:30pm

Take a closer look at some strange creatures with our seminar study day and find out more about how art has been used to communicate unknown animals to the world. Over the course of the day you’ll hear from some of our exhibition co-curators, have a private viewing of the Strange Creatures and get up close to some of our amazing specimens. The day will include time for audience questions and an opportunity to talk with the experts during refreshment breaks.

Strange Creatures: the art of the unknown animals, is part of Travellers' Tails, a collaboration between Royal Museums Greenwich and four partner museums to investigate the history of exploration, art and science funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Art Fund.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free and but booking is essential visit http://strangecreaturesseminar.eventbrite.co.uk to book a ticket

Where

UCL Quad Pavilion Tent
University College London, University Street
WC1E 6BT

Admission

This event is free and but booking is essential visit http://strangecreaturesseminar.eventbrite.co.uk to book a ticket

Website

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

Dinoaurs of victorian london

DINOSAURS! of Victorian London

  • 23 June 2015 6:30-9pm

Strange Creatures After Hours

The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy Strange Creatures After Hours. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with our film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions.


The Crystal Palace dinosaur models were unveiled in 1854 and took the world by storm starting the original Dinomania. These beastly models were the first anyone had ever seen of dinosaurs and left a lasting impression. Join historian of science and Strange Creatures co-curator Professor Joe Cain as he shares how these models, still on display today, were important in shaping the public’s perceptions of dinosaurs. This event is followed by free drinks reception and a private view of the Strange Creatures exhibition.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free, there is no need to book

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

J.Z. Young Theatre
Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street
WC1E 6BT

Admission

This event is free, there is no need to book

Website

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

Creating strange creatures

Creating Strange Creatures

  • 27 June 2015 1-4pm

The Museum has many amazing animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork with a Museum artist inspired by George Stubbs’ painting of the kangaroo.

This event is part of the Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals exhibition event series.

This event is free, there is no need to book

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

This event is free, there is no need to book

Website

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

Empire of the Ants

Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club: Empire of the Ants (1977)

  • 8 July 2015 6:30-9pm

Described as a cross between Love Boat and Jaws the Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club presents EMPIRE OF THE ANTS. With a star studded cast that includes Joan Collins and Robert Lansing, Empire of the Ants presents a world where these insects have grown to gigantic proportions and enslaved the human race. Join Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain who will introduce the film. You’ll never look at ants in the same way again. The film is followed by a free drinks reception in a private view of the Museum.

This event is free, there is no need to book

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

J.Z. Young Theatre
Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street
WC1E 6BT

Admission

This event is free, there is no need to book

Website

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

Explore zoology

Explore Zoology

  • 11 July 2015 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

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Imaginary

The Imaginary Menagerie

  • 25 July 2015 1-4pm

In the Museum we have amazing and beautiful animals on display but some have to be seen to be believed like the quagga, a not very stripy zebra, or the duck billed platypus. Come along and be inspired by the natural world to create your own animal artwork in our Imaginary Menagerie with a Museum Artist.

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

Where

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street
WC1E 6DE

Admission

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

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

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

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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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