Friends of the Grant Museum: adopt a specimen

Become a Friend of the Grant Museum and help ensure the collection's continued success and survival in many ways. The Friends programme helps fund ongoing projects including conservation, documentation and the renovation of displays. In addition, funds raised through the Friends programme will enable new and exciting projects to be initiated, such as those geared towards widening participation and improving access to the collection for all.

Benefits of becoming a Friend

Membership lasts for one year, after which it can be renewed. Benefits include:

  • The adoption of a specimen with an adoption certificate
  • Your name on the specimen
  • Invitations to our great events programme
  • Receive e-newsletters with exciting goings on at the Grant Museum
  • An annual outing to places of historic and scientific interest.

To become a Friend and adopt a specimen, or make an adoption as a gift, please download, complete and return the adoption form (104kb pdf). Or, alternatively, please visit our shop page to buy membership online.  Gift Aid is an additional way to support the Grant Museum at no extra cost to you. If you are a UK taxpayer, this means for every pound you give, we get an extra 25 pence. All we need is your consent by signing and dating the Gift Aid declaration in the above adoption form. Please note that Gift Aid is not applicable on gift memberships, unless the person buying the membership is the parent/guardian of a child recipient, or is also receiving the membership, e.g. as part of a family membership.

When making your choice, please see our list of orphan specimens below which are available for adoption. We advise you to select three specimens in order of preference in case your first choice is no longer available.

Adoptions orphan list


  • Elephant bird egg
  • Ostrich skull
  • Parrot
  • Penguin egg
  • Rhea skull
  • Study skin


  • Dog skull 
  • Monkey brain
  • Pig skull 
  • Seal skull
  • Sheep skull 
  • Tapir skull

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • False gharial skull
  • Nile monitor heart
  • Olm 
  • Persevered lizard
  • Sea turtle skull 
  • Tortoise


  • Alizarin stained fish
  • Common eel 
  • Fish fossil
  • Lamprey 
  • Lungfish 
  • Zebrafish


  • Blaschka glass invertebrate model
  • Butterfly
  • Cockroach
  • Scorpion 
  • Spider
  • Starfish
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