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

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.
In The Dark logo featuring a girl standing with an upturned cardboard box on her head and an extended antenna.

In The Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology

  • 24 January 2017 7-9pm

In the Dark x Grant Museum of Zoology is a yearlong collaboration celebrating the natural world through sound.

Once scattered all over the British countryside all that is left of a once important part of the landscape are just ghosts, the ghosts of ponds. But what happens when you bring these lost ponds back to the land of the living? Will the common toad, the water vole or the dragonfly find them, and how will we know they are there? Join us for an evening of audio cinema as we explore the sounds of ponds with Helen Greaves (UCL Geography) and sound artist Action Pyramid.

Inspired by Helen’s research into the monitoring of biodiversity of these ponds she has worked with sound artists Action Pyramid to create a soundscape of the sounds of life in this important yet often overlooked habitat.

In the Dark invite you to join them in the Grant Museum after hours and close your eyes for an auditory exploration of the life of ponds.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are £8.00 and booking is essential.

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=16067

Kids exploring zoology at the museum, peering up at a baboon skeleton.

Explore Zoology

  • 28 January 2017 1:30-4pm

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.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

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

Website

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

Impropera at the grant museum, featuring a performer striking a pose and singing.

Impropera presents: Muso

  • 8 February 2017 6:30-9pm

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, Impropera, have snuck in at twilight to sing the specimens to life.

Immerse yourself amongst the animals, hear from an expert and then enjoy musical performances made up on the spot about your discoveries from the countless species of insect, fish, birds and beasts on display. No score, no story and no safety net. What is performed is up to you. The musicians are ready. A curator is on hand with expert perspective.

All we need is you – the audience – to come and get curious

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £12.00 and includes free wine, but booking is essential

Website

http://www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

Creature creations at the grant museum, featuring aged drawings of undersea creatures.

Creature Creations

  • 11 February 2017 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.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Drop in between 13:30 and 16:00, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Valentines at the Grant Museum featuring a visitor with a drink peering at an elephant heart

Grant Museum After Hours: Valentine's at the Grant

  • 14 February 2017 6:30-9pm

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, so where better to do it yourself than at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Whether you’re looking for love or seeking to impress your Valentine date, join us for our After Hours Valentine’s themed late opening. Discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover how seduction is done in the animal world with our Valentines themed specimen labels. There is no need to book just drop in any time between 6.30pm and 9pm, tickets are sold on the door and cost £6, which includes a free glass of wine.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are £6.00 and include a free glass of wine. There is no need to book.

Weird and Wonderful Wildlife at the Grant Museum featuring an image of a glass model sea anemone.

Weird and Wonderful Wildlife

  • 14 — 17 February 2017

Flying lizards, giant starfish, duck-billed platypuses, thorny devils and spiny anteaters, the Grant Museum is home to some Weird and Wonderful Wildlife. Join us to take part in fun hands-on specimen based activities and come face to face with these beasts and many more. This event is free and there is no need to book. Drop in between 1pm and 4.30pm.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Drop in between 13:30 and 16:30, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Website

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

Dead life drawing at the grant museum featuring an artist drawing the specimens

Dead Life Drawing

  • 23 February 2017 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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £8.00 and booking is essential.

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=16064

Explore Zoology image at the grant museum featuring kids peering up at a baboon skeleton.

Explore Zoology

  • 25 February 2017 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

Admission

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

Animal Showoff logo featuring a vibrantly colourful chameleon.

Animal Showoff

  • 9 March 2017 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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £6.00 and booking is essential

Website

http://www.grantmuseum.eventbrite.com

Creature creations at the grant museum, featuring aged drawings of undersea creatures.

Creature Creations

  • 11 March 2017 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 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Dead life drawing at the Grant Museum featuring an artist drawing the specimens

Dead Life Drawing

  • 16 March 2017 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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £8.00 and booking is essential.

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=16065

Kids exploring zoology at the museum, peering up at a baboon skeleton.

Explore Zoology

  • 25 March 2017 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

Admission

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

Creature creations at the grant museum, featuring aged drawings of undersea creatures.

Creature Creations

  • 8 April 2017 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 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4.30pm, this event is free and there is no need to book.

Kids exploring zoology at the Grant Museum of Zoology, peering up at a baboon skeleton

Explore Zoology

  • 22 April 2017 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

Admission

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

Dead life drawing at the Grant Museum featuring an artist drawing the specimens

Dead Life Drawing

  • 27 April 2017 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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £8.00 and booking is essential.

Website

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking?ev=16066

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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