The free Museums in London are great. Well, they’re a good free attraction in any city. Just ask anyone their recommendations for London and in the top 5 will be The Natural History Museum; and rightly so, it’s a fantastic place that you could spend days exploring. But what if you’ve already done that? or don’t fancy the crowds? What if there was another place hidden just around the corner that has yet to experience a huge shroud of tourists? Here’s why you should visit this unique Museum and experience it for yourself!!

“Getting close enough to be able to compare your own head size to it is a rarity for museums!”

Just a 15-minute walk from Russell Square tube lies The Grant Museum of Zoology, a museum dedicated to the preservation and research of the animal kingdom. It’s home to over 60,000 animal science specimen being used to help teach us more about the birds, the bees and other animals and guess what – it’s totally free (but donations are welcome).

When we stepped through the doors we were surprised at how small it was, but also by how much there was to see. Straight away we were greeted with huge magnificent antlers and displays of insects, each one labeled with both its Latin and English name, but also with the person’s name who had chosen to sponsor that particular specimen; this museum relies completely on donations, and public sponsorship – so not only can you visit, you could potentially own your very own little piece of it too. As we worked our way through the displays, I was increasingly amazed by the animals they had. Lots of which; even I hadn’t heard about – and I grew up with an obsession with David Attenborough – [god that man’s a legend].

A guide to the most unique London Museum

Photo from Grant Museum of Zoology Official website

I won’t go into too much detail about the rarities we saw, that would ruin the surprise, right? One of the main displays that Dec was particularly taken with was the huge Mammoth’s skull, and getting close enough to be able to compare your own head size to it is a rarity for museums! It also shows you a unique look into the anatomy side of things with several of the specimen being displayed dissected – We have to remember animal dissection is a huge part of the learning process for Zoologists and Biologists alike, so the fact that these specimen then get to continue their teaching in these displays instead of simply being thrown away is amazing.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the work that the team do there is remarkable. It’s also a place that’s often quiet and void of tourists – having not yet been listed as one of the top 10 attractions in London on TripAdvisor. Neither is it on a busy road, so people don’t pass it often. So if you’re looking for somewhere quiet to spend an hour or two; this is the place for you! I promise if you’re a lover of nature this place offers a unique insight into the natural world that very few others can. It might not be as big and grand as the Natural History Museum – but good things come in small packages. So next time you travel to London, give it a try, it might surprise and inspire you!

Which is your favourite of the Free Museums in London? Let us know in the comments!!

A guide to the most unique London Museum

Photo from Grant Museum of Zoology Official website


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  1. Christine 29/06/2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful guide (with a strange thing…. jar of moles!? lol). Would love to visit though! 🙂

  2. Leo T. Ly 29/06/2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I am a nature lover and would love the watch the National Geographic nature show for hours. This would be a great treat for me if I have the chance to visit London.

  3. Elizabeth Brico 28/06/2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    This is seriously the weirdest thing ever. And I love it. You make me want to go to London just to see these joke! Jar of moles?!?!? What!

  4. Rain 27/06/2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    the jar of moles….oh no!!!! lol. i’m always fascinated by animals and their make up. The mass amount of species that are out there that we’re aware of and then there’s the ones that we’re not aware of. In any event this looks like it would be a fun trip.

  5. Milton Goh 26/06/2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    This sounds like and amazing experience. Thanks for bringing us along via your storytelling!

  6. Mary 26/06/2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I love visiting the museum and will definitely include this in my list to do when next i visit.

  7. David Elliott 26/06/2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    It does look like such a cool museum. I know my grandmother when she were alive would have loved a place like this. She was always into zoology.

  8. Heather Johnson 26/06/2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I would love to explore London sometime in the future. The Grants Museum of Zoology sounds like an amazing experience!

  9. Agentszerozerosetter 26/06/2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Ohm this museum is so interesting and beautiful to see! Hope I can go there one day!

  10. Akamatra 26/06/2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I’ve been to many museums in London but none was free 🙁. I would love to visit this one since I love science and animals.

  11. Elizabeth O 26/06/2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

    I don’t remember giving this Museum much thought as a young person in London. We went to all the others, not realizing this was gem. It seems both fascinating and scary. Great find!

  12. fashionmommy 26/06/2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I’m in London all the time, usually staying in a hotel in Russells Square, and yet I have never heard of this museum. it looks incredible.

  13. sondra 26/06/2017 at 6:23 am - Reply

    I wonder how many moles are in that jar and how do they all fit in there. That seems like an interesting museum.

  14. Laurie Mecham 26/06/2017 at 5:25 am - Reply

    This place looks so interesting! If I’m ever in the area I’ll have to stop by for sure.

  15. jay 26/06/2017 at 2:19 am - Reply

    this place looks equal part cool equal parts spooky !! Next time I am in London i will deff have to check it out !!

  16. Michele Pappagallo 25/06/2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I LOVE museums, and this looks like an interesting one! Those skulls are really amazing….each one so different! Sharing on Google +

  17. Samantha Bye 25/06/2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of this one but it looks so cool! I love the natural history museum, so maybe I need to check this place out next!

  18. Iris 25/06/2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Never been to London, but hopefully soon. I’ll include this in out itinerary.

  19. Erin 25/06/2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    You had me at “good free attraction.” Seriously! After the cost of travel and accommodations, finding fun and entertaining outings that are free is a God send! Thank you!

  20. Corinne & Kirsty 25/06/2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    I love museums! They are always so cool! And so much to learn! My fav in London is the museum of natural sciences. I have never been to the grand museum of zoology but sounds fab! xx corinne

  21. Jessica Taylor 25/06/2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Wow this is super cool! I’d love to see this in person!

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