The Grant Museum of Zoology's Micrarium

I just got back from a whirlwind last-minute trip to London - it was primarily a work trip, but time was made to see some of London's more curious sites. I have more than 1,000 photos to comb through, but I thought I'd share a highlight; the Micrarium.


A mirror on the ceiling makes the Micrarium appear to go on forever. Unless you accidentally photograph yourself in that mirror.


The Grant Museum of Zoology is amazing all on its own. Founded in 1828, the museum walls lined floor-to-ceiling with wet specimens, taxidermy, dissections, skeletons, wax models, and even, inexplicably, a collection of jars full of multiples - a jar of snakes, a jar of moles, a jar of starfish, a jar of turtles.

I am obsessed with old collections, but amazingly, my favorite feature of the museum is brand new. The Micrarium opened in February of this year, and is a magical room of backlit microscope slides, more than 2000 of them.


An estimated 95% of the known animal kingdom is smaller than a human thumb, so they say, and the Grant Museum decided to dig into their slide archives and give some of these smaller specimens in their collection a bit of time in the spotlight.


Old Magic lantern slides line the bottom of the Micrarium.


Each slide deserves a moments' pause.


Each one is more beautiful than the last. Dare I say, this may just be my favorite spot in London.