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The Grant Museum of Zoology has moved. Formerly housed in a building not unlike a school science block, it's now located over the road and up a bit. Try to approach from Gower Street if possible, as the stunning Georgian residences are worth seeing en route. There's also a rich seam of blue heritage discs on the buildings, indicating that significant persons formerly lived at these addresses. Probably the densest concentration anywhere in the UK.
If you like your preserved specimens to be human in origin, you're probably thinking of another museum (The Hunterian), but it's nearby so you could visit both in one session. The Grant Museum of Zoology leans towards animals displayed in jars and antique viewing cabinets. Close to the entrance is a glass container, brimful of moles (18 apparently, but looks more). Not an image you're adequately prepared for, so it serves as a useful acclimatisation exhibit for the museum. It's difficult to look at - yet equally difficult to look away. You're caught in a form of intellectual, horror-tinged quicksand. Moving further into the museum, the emphasis veers more towards taxidermy and skeletal displays. A useful opportunity to stand back and survey the surroundings.