Monday, 17 March 2014

Grant Museum

Today we visited the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. This museum is used for comparative  Zoology classes in the mornings and is open to the public in the afternoons. We really enjoyed speaking to the museum curator and looking at the amazing specimens.  They had a fascinating exhibit called the Micrarium. It was a closet-sized space with microscope slides mounted on light-box walls. Interesting Fact: 95% of animals on Earth are smaller than your thumb, yet most museums only exhibit the biggest 5%. This exhibit gives the little guys a chance to be appreciated.  Well done Grant Museum!

Puffer fish

Jar of Moles... who, by the way, you can follow on Twitter @GlassJarOfMoles
(Not associated with the Grant Museum, but still quite a character)

Animals in the Micrarium

Silica skeletons of sea sponges


  1. This is so interesting! I took a quiz today and one of the questions was "Would you rather go to the theater or to a museum?" I couldn't decide!

  2. Mary (Seals) had a puffer fish hanging in her room growing up. Just one of the many odd and interesting things she had in there. Happy St. Patrick's Day! How does England celebrate? Or do they just turn up a disdainful nose at the whole affair?

  3. There was a big St. Patrick's Day parade in Trafalgar on Sunday, but they didn't get Monday off in England. In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday, so we had the day off. For us, this is what you would call a Bank Holiday weekend.