Zoological Collections at UCL | Collection Highlights | History of the Collection | Grant Archive | Entomology Collection
The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Founded in 1828 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 Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo.
The Grant Museum has a 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's bisected heads are both arresting and beautiful and are reminiscent of the work of the artist Damien Hirst.
Each we week provide some fascinating facts about a specimen which has
piqued our interest, shedding some light on some of the unsung wonders
in the collection, as well as the famous favourites.
Robert Grant's university correspondence, many of his papers and lectures can be found in the UCL Special Collections.