The Grant Museum is a little-known place of formaldehyde, animals, and famous jars full of moles. It also has a model of an elephant's heart, the inside of a chimp's head and the rarest skeleton in the world: that of the now-extinct Quagga.

Despite its age and history - the museum dates from 1828 and includes cabinets that date from the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace in 1851 - the Grant Museum remains one of London's best kept secrets, due to its connection with University College London and unusual opening hours.

151221372_10 Fancy a jar? The museum isn't one for the squeamish


Until now, when incredible images have been captured of the museum and some of its 67,000 specimens, including the Tasmanian Tiger and Dodo.

Granted (no pun intended), the museum may not be one for the squeamish; it is a zoological museum founded to teach about the animal kingdom from methods like dissection, and one of the earliest contributing collections was solely of animal brains. Fun!

151221376_10 Just one of the museum's scientific animal specimens


However, as these photos prove, the museum is a fascinating one which doesn't just remain a timewarp to the age of Victorian discovery, but is looking forward with use of iPads, Twitter interaction and by hosting regular discussions. You can learn more about by listening to this introduction from the museum.


HuffPost UK Towers is located just round the corner from The Grant, so we've been fans for a while - but what do you think? Check out the gallery below, and find out more by following @GrantMuseum or, even better, the account from the jar of moles itself @GlassJarOfMoles.

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  • A young preserved aardvark is displayed under the skeleton of an adult at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Earthworms are preserved at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Orang-utan, chimpanzee, aye-aye and gibbons skeletons are displayed at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • The skeleton of a Loris is shown on a tree branch at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A collection of moles is preserved in a jar at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • The bones of a Dodo bird are displayed at The Grant Museum. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A tiger skeleton is displayed at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Specimens are kept in the spirit store at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • An Asian elephant skull (R) and a rhino skull are displayed together at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Tree Shrews are displayed at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Chimpanzee (L) and a gibbon skeletons are displayed at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • An employee sits at his desk near an Indian One-Horned Rhino at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A Tree Shrew is displayed at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A primate skeleton is kept in a drawer with other specimens at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Various collections of assorted snakes and sea mice are displayed at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A collection of moles is preserved in a jar at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Animal brains are preserved at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A bisected chimpanzee head is preserved at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Elephant skulls on show at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • An elephant skull (L) and a tiger skeleton sit side by side at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Jars of assorted snakes are displayed at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Employee Emma-Louise Nicholls checks the display cabinets at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Employee Emma-Louise Nicholls checks the display cabinets at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Rhino skulls are displayed together at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A young preserved aardvark is displayed under the skeleton of an adult at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A bisected chimpanzee head is preserved at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A tray of preserved butterflies is displayed at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Specimens are kept in the spirit store at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • The vertibrae of a Beak-Nosed whale are kept in bubble-wrap in the dry store at The Grant Museum of Zoology. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)