I have been coming here for years to draw.
It is relatively unknown & so very quiet :
perfect place to study ......
This attractive littlemuseum is a must for anyone interested in the natural sciences. It's small, but packed with animals, many extinct, in jars and skeleton form.
The staff are very caring, but don't expect a modern day science experience.
Instead, it has the feel of a dusty room(the museum was founded in the 19th century) and is eye opening and sometimes sad as you discover long lost animals, insects, and birds.
Best thing of all, it's free!
This is definitely a museum for serious Egyptophiles. Hit the British Museum first; if you're not a serious enthusiast you'll have come a long way and won't be impressed. Part of the appeal here is the history; writer Amelia Edwards' collection forms the basis of the museum, and it's named for Flinders Petrie, who, among other things, did the first excavation at Amarna, the city founded by monotheist king Akhnetan.
It's kind of a jumble; if you're looking for something in particular you may have to ask where it is. The fliers in the foyer that are supposed to indicate what's where are being revised and are of limited utility. Also, many of the exhibits are labeled in the original ink, which has faded over the last 100 years. Lighting is poor which probably protects the artifacts, but makes them hard to see. Wikipedia says they have flashlights; you might consider bringing one. And in the exhibit of stone carvings, some items were far enough above my head I couldn't see them at all. (Some very fine carvings here; look for the piece of the pyramid texts, with remnants of green paint in the hieroglyphs.) Artifacts from both Deir el Medinah (the workers' village in the Valley of the Kings) and Amarna are featured, including some nice small artist's studies.
Do read the signage on the ends of the cases so you know what you're looking at. The Amarna items are certainly worth a look (The tiles from Amarna are lovely, though small.) This museum also has a complete fishnet bead dress and two perfectly preserved linen sleeves, as well as a couple of partial shirts. This is fairly rare. There's also a pair of shoes and several sandals. The museum has one of the largest collections of Roman period mummy portraits (keep in mind that's maybe half a dozen). The museum boasts several "firsts" but good luck finding them; they're not really highlighted in any way.
I mostly breezed past the pottery, but I did appreciate all the strings of beads; in the pottery room they have some reproduction necklaces and costumes for the kids to try on (I did too when no one was looking). Do check out the emergency staircase behind the "There's More!" sign - this includes a nice exhibit of funerary boat models. And yes, they have a couple of mummy cases and a "pot" burial (what it sounds like - a skeleton that was buried in a really large clay pot).
Small gift shop (well, gift table) that sells books. Cash only.
The Grants Zoology Museum, tucked in the back of the famous Darwin building at UCL, is a small museum which makes up for its size by means of history and collections. The museum is actually a converted research office which once was home to Charles Darwin's mentor John Grant, who lends his name to museum. According the knowledgeable staff, it was Grant who initially placed the idea of evolution in his young protégé's mind. As a spectacle the museum triumphs in that you are able to see every kind of animal remains possible, from unidentified deep sea creatures to rhino carcases. The only thing which sent me slightly sideways was the taxidermy of show - you realise how many healthy animals had to go for our understanding of evolution to exist. The museum is free and well worth an hour of your time. Think about doing it in conjunction with its sister Petrie Egyptology museum.
Is this a museum as we all might expect a modern day museum to be, well not exactly. The Grant museum comes across as an old curiosity shop, packed to the brim with specimens in jars and skeletons and weird creepy things. That is not to say it isn't pretty cool. For those with a real interest in weird wildlife, check this place out. There is everyting for a Quagga skeleton to a sabre tooth tiger skull, to a baby manatee in formaldehyde. Endles things to make that little (or big) science obsessed kid cream out COOL!. This place is fascinating indeed, I only wish it was open on wekends because no one I know believe it exists!
This little known gem is a real Aladdins cave of Natural History. Tucked away neatly round the back of the UCL building this impressive collection contains such gems as a Wolly Mammoth Tusk from the last Ice Age , Dodo bones, dinosaur skeleton, pickled moles and the skeleton of the now extinct Quagga. A must see for anyone interested in Natural History or evolution. Admission is free although it is usually only open betwen 1pm-5pm weekdays so you may have to plan your visits.
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