United Kingdom

Grant Museum, Thomas Lewis Room, UCL Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street
Phone: 020 3108 2052

Grant Museum Of Zoology

Retaining an air of the avid Victorian collector, the museum contains cases packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid. Dating back to 1827, the museum covers the whole of the animal kingdom.

Permanent Collection

The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological collection in London. It houses around 32,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Founded in 1827 as a teaching collection, the Museum is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid. Many of the species are now endangered or extinct including the Tasmainian tiger, or thylacine, the quagga, and the dodo.
The Grant Museum has selection of spectacular glass models made by the Blaschka family in the late 1800s. The museum also contains many of Robert Grant's original specimens as well as those of Thomas Henry Huxley. The Grant Museum's collection of Sir Victor Negus' bisected heads are both arresting and beautiful and are reminiscent of the work of the artist Damien Hirst.


Free to all

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday, 1pm to 5pm

Getting there

Bus routes:

Gower Street (southbound) and Tottenham Court Road (northbound)
10, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390

Euston Road (east of Gower Street)
10, 18, 30, 73, 205, 390

Euston Road (west of Tottenham Court Road)
18, 27, 30, 88, 205

Upper Woburn Place
59, 68, 91, 168

Check London Buses for more details

Underground - in order of distance from the main College building:
Euston Square
(Metropolitan, Circle, and Hammersmith & City lines)

Warren Street
(Victoria line and Northern line)

(Victoria line and Northern line)

Goodge Street
(Northern line)

Russell Square
(Piccadilly line)


Accessible entrance at University Street entrance. Toilets avalable. Hand-held factfiles available for free loan.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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The Grant Museum offers an active and exciting range of educational programmes. The collection is an excellent resource for several different audiences, offering dedicated facilities for primary and secondary schools, families, art and special interest groups, or university classes.


The Grant Museum runs excellent hands-on educational workshops for schools and organised groups free of charge. Education sessions are linked to the National Curriculum across all Key Stages.

Workshops currently available include:
Ourselves (KS1)
Life-Cycles and Variation (KS1 & 2)
Teeth and Eating (KS2)
Moving and Growing (KS2)
Animal Factory (KS2 & 3)
Animal Forensics (KS 2 & 3)
Habitats and Adaptations (KS 2 & 3, GCSE & Post-16)
Variation and Classification (KS 3, GCSE & Post-16)
Energy and the Environment (Post-16)
Genetics, Evolution and Ecology (Post-16)


The Museum runs regular weekend and holiday activities for families. Keep an eye on our website.


The Museum is an excellent resource for zoology and art students.


We run a termly series of innovative lectures and events for adults. See website for details.