Must-Visit Museums this Halloween (Part 4) – Grant Museum of Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology  has around 68,000 zoological specimens – including the world’s rarest skeleton: the quagga – dodo bones and fossils, creatures of the deep sea, a collection of preserved brains, and much more. Let’s explore!

Watch video tour here.


Extinct Species, Preserved Animals and Rare Skeletons


Grant Museum of Zoology

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Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy was established in 1827. Since the following year, the museum has been continuously used by students at University College London (UCL). The Grant Museum of Zoology first opened to the public in 1996.

The old-fashioned museum is packed with skeletons, preserved animals in jars, skulls, mystic creatures from the deep sea and remains of species now extinct, such as bones of Dodo that went extinct in the 17thcentury; a skeleton of a quagga which was a type of zebra or an egg from an Elephant Bird. Elephant Birds were hunted to extinction in the 1700s.



Preserved Sea Creatures at Grant Museum of Zoology

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There is a different section dedicated to animals in jars. For example, monsters from the deep sea, such as Three-Toothed Pufferfish or Wolf Fish.

There is a jar full of moles – and it’s a mystery who and why made that jar -; and ‘jars of assorted specimens’, such as lizards and terrapins.


 A Collection of Brains


A Collection of Brains at Grant Museum of Zoology

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The brain collection is originally from the anatomical and pathological collection of Kings College London’s School of Medicine, and it consists of mammal brains (except from a single turtle), preserved in alcohol. The brains were collected from Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and Europe. Among others, the collection consists of a brain of a dog, a monkey, a gibbon, a rabbit, and an infant tiger.



Pterosaurs Fossil at Grant Museum of Zoology

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Grant Museum of Zoology is proud to have a number of well-reserved fossils of long extinct dinosaurs, such as Ichthyosaur, a marine reptile lived 250-90 million years ago or Pterosaur, a flying dinosaur we all know from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World blockbusters.


The Micrarium


The Micrarium at Grant Museum of Zoology

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The Micrarium is a back-lit corner displaying over 2,000 of the tiniest microscopic specimens, all in just 2.52 square metres. The slides mostly show whole tiny animals but there are bits of bigger animals, too, for example mammoth hair.


Practical Info



Rockefeller Building, 21 University St, London WC1E 6DE


Ticket Price

FREE – no booking required


Opening Times

 Tuesday – Friday 1pm-5pm

Saturday 11am-5pm



Ready for your next adventure? It’s still not too late to visit some of the spooky museums before Halloween. Jack the Ripper Museum, The Old Operating Theatre Museum or Museum of Curiosity.