Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Best Museums in #London No.11: The Grant Museum of Zoology @GrantMuseum

We've canvassed the London Walks guides, asking them to nominate their desert island museum and we'll be posting their responses throughout the month.

As usual, you are more than welcome to join in! Get in touch via Facebook, or Twitter or via the usual email address.

Daily Constitutional Editor Adam writes…

I need precious little encouragement to blog about The Grant Museum of Zoology.

Whenever a London Walker siddles up to me and asks, in that delicious, conspiratorial way, for a secret, off-the-beaten track thing to do in London, the Grant is always top of my list.

It’s not one of your flashy Hollywood museums – in film terms, it’s more an arthouse cult classic. Which is all the more reason for you to take yourself down to Gower Street and have a look for yourselves. The fact that it's a teaching museum – the last of its kind in London for zoology – dictates its opening hours, 1pm to 5pm, but it's a small inconvenience for the vast rewards inside

They've got a Quagga. A whatta? A sub-species of zebra hunted into extinction, that's what. There are only six other known quagga skeletons in the world and the Grant's one of 'em! 

Here at the DC we always blog about the Grant in February because they host the BEST Valentine's night events in London. Tickets are £5 on the door (no need to book) and the price of admission includes a glass of wine. Bring your love and fall in love with a fantastic museum – they do special events the whole year round.

Here's an audio intro to the collection…

And here's a map…

So what are you waiting for?

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

The museum is open from 1pm-5pm

Admission: Free

All three parts of our London Museums Podcast…


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