University College London
As the largest post graduate research university in the UK and one of the leading universities in the world, the University College London offers more than just degrees. One of the first colleges to admit women to its programs, and from the start fully secular, UCL has always been groundbreaking. The main campus can be found in Bloomsbury, but its satellite campuses stretch as far at Qatar. UCL offers free entry to many of its events, libraries and museums, and there is lots to see and do.
The Petrie Museum
The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.
The Grant Museum of Zoology
The Grant Museum of Zoology is one of the oldest natural history collections in the UK. Originally founded in the 1820’s, the museum’s first function was to teach courses in zoology and comparatives anatomy. The collection contains nearly 70,000 skeletons, skulls and specimens, many of rare, extinct or endangered species. A trip to the museum means a fascinating trip into the inner life of species – most literally. The Museum also runs an exciting programme of events and activities for adults and families.
UCL Art Museum
With the Slade School of Fine Art being part of UCL, it's not surprising that a world-class art collection is housed in the UCL Art Museum. The collection contains work by many important 20th-century British artists who studied at the Slade including Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Edward Wadsworth and Paula Rego. Extensive gifts of prints and drawings were also presented to UCL, including the Grote bequest of 1872. This included an important group of 16th-century German works and a selection of Renaissance and Baroque prints and drawings mainly from Northern Europe.
The Institute of Making
The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities. The Institute has an interesting programme of symposia, master classes and public events that explore the links between academic research and hands-on experience. Its mission is to provide all makers with a creative home in which to innovate, contemplate and understand all aspects of materials and enjoy the process of making stuff. Their workshops, called MakeSpace, offer workshops where you can make, break, design and combine and explore materials, tools and techniques.