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.
Internal Beauty rabbit mandibles

Internal Beauty - Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

  • 17 January — 28 March 2018 *on now

Creating sculptures and installations from caul fat (the tissue that encases pig stomachs and intestines) and other animal organs, artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva draws attention to parts of the body we would sometimes rather forget.

Internal Beauty is an exhibition resulting from Hadzi-Vasileva’s residency in biomedical research labs (funded by Wellcome Trust), considering nutrition, healthy diet, our gut and how man-made, microscopic materials can fix problems.

The artworks balance the fragility of our bodies, reflecting on the delicate nature of engineered materials being developed by Dr Richard Day, Dr Giles Major, Professor Alastair Forbes and associates, at University College London, University of East Anglia and University of Nottingham.

The exhibition is free and there is no need to book

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://bit.ly/grant-museum-whatson

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.
Creature Creations

Creature Creations

  • 3 March 2018 1:30-4:30pm

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 13:00 and 16:00, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://bit.ly/grant-museum-whatson

Explore Zoology

Explore Zoology

  • 17 March 2018 1-4pm

Ever wondered what the inside of a turtle’s shell looks like or how many teeth a tiger 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 13:00 and 16:00, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://bit.ly/grant-museum-whatson

Sleeping cat

Sleep Across the Animal Kingdom

  • 28 February 2018 6-7pm

Do all animals sleep? How can we tell? Join us for this evening event in which Dr James Jepson, Dr Jason Rihel and Kimberley Whitehead will discuss sleep patterns from flies to humans.

This event is free but pre-booking is essential. Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=17063 to book tickets.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=17063

Muso at the Grant Museum

Muso: Singing Museums to Life

  • 8 March 2018 7-9pm

Night has fallen on the Grant Museum of Zoology, the doors are closed and the museum staff have gone home, but something is stirring. The bats wings are twitching and the pickled moles are uncurling because the world’s only improvising opera troupe have snuck in at twilight and with your help will sing the specimens to life.

Explore the Grant Museum and immerse yourself amongst the beasts, insects, fishes and birds on display and enjoy musical performances made up on the spot by Impropera about your discoveries.

No score, no story and no safety net. What is performed is up to you, join us for an evening of Muso: Singing Museums to Life.

Tickets cost £8 but booking is essential, https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=17051 to book your ticket.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8.00

Website

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=17051

Taxidermy owl

Natural History of Witchcraft

  • 10 March 2018 6-9pm
Sorry, fully booked

From dried plants to taxidermy, natural history substances have a special significance in the history of witchcraft. Using objects from the Museum, art historian Petra Lange-Berndt is convening this edition of The Whitechapel Gallery’s The Curios-Society, that meets to investigate the weird and wonderful, the likely and impossible. Join her, historian Sarah Wade, artist and writer Jane Wildgoose and Direct of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Simon Costin to discuss the strange and familiar interpretations of the natural world in artist Mark Dion’s work.

This event is in collaboration with The Whitechapel Gallery and part of Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World exhibition event programme.

Tickets cost £5 and pre-booking is essential. Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=17050 to book tickets.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=17050

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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