Here at Regent's Place, we're fortunate to neighbour London's Knowledge Quarter and have a wealth of varied museums within just a couple of minutes walking distance from our campus. Why not head out to uncover some nearby treasures at University College London’s free museum spaces just south of Euston Road? Perfect for stretching your legs and igniting interest, these three Museums form part of our neighbourhood’s Museum Mile as it meanders from King’s Cross to the River Thames.
Make a start at UCL’s Art Museum within the South Cloisters of UCL’s campus, just off Gower Street. International in scope, the Museum is home to a series of artworks including Turner and Rembrandt etchings alongside pieces by celebrated students from the Slade School of Art dating from 1890 to the present day. The Museum is currently showcasing “Prize & Prejudice”, an exhibition and series of programmes dedicated to artistic ambition and the struggles and successes of artists emerging from the Slade School of Art during its foundation years. The Museum’s term time opening hours are Monday to Friday from 1-5pm. Details of their special events and exhibitions can be found here.
© UCL Art Museum / Matt Clayton
Next head to Malet Place to discover UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptology. Housing an estimated 80,000 objects, The Petrie Museum is one of the outstanding collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world, with stunning highlights such as tiles, carvings, fabrics, frescoes and mummy portraits. Created in 1892 through the bequest of the writer Amelia Edwards (1831-1892), the holding grew to international stature in scope and scale thanks mainly to the excavating career of the first Edwards Professor, William Flinders Petrie (1853-1942). Open Tuesday to Saturday from 1-5pm, the Museum hosts a series of performances and talks, find out more here.
© Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL
Just around the corner on University Street you can find the third Museum - The Grant Museum of Zoology, one of the oldest natural history collections in the UK. Home to 68,000 zoological specimens, the collection is a unique window on the entire animal kingdom. The Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy were established in 1827 by Robert Edmond Grant (1793-1874) to serve as a teaching collection at the newly founded University of London. He was the first Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy in England and upon arrival in London, began to amass specimens, material for dissection, diagrams and lecture notes. Today, the Museum’s exhibitions and events are based on UCL’s cutting-edge research, giving the chance for local communities to engage with new knowledge. Drop by any day Monday to Saturday between 1-5pm or uncover more about their programme here.
© UCL Grant Museum of Zoology / Matt Clayton
Inspired and curious to know more about these Museums and others nearby? Download the Museum Mile’s map of an intriguing series of 13 unique destinations with over 1 million objects on view and make a start.