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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

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Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 01-677-7444
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The ground floor of this museum is dedicated to Irish animals, featuring...

The ground floor of this museum is dedicated to Irish animals, featuring giant deer skeletons and a variety of mammals, birds and fish. The upper floors of the building were laid out in the 19th Century in a scientific arrangement showing animals by taxonomic group.

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Lovely way to spend an afternoon solo!

I love the IMMA, visiting here is a great way to spend an afternoon by yourself. The grounds are lovely to walk around with a coffee from the cafe too too :-) Good spot for a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
HayleyNiBhriain
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent a couple of hours wandering around this museum which is packed full of exhibits both from Ireland and further afield. Entrance is free and is a great way to spend a few relaxing hours unfortunately the top 2 floors are closed to the public at present, it's a pity because I remember so much more the last time I... More 

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Thank Gary B
Dublin Ireland
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here recently to the "Dead Zoo" , with my Partner and my four and a half year old boy. This is a great thing to do in Dublin if you have a spare hour or two and it's free. FREE!!!!! My son has been to Dublin Zoo plenty of times before and wasn't fazed at all by these... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the IMMA, visiting here is a great way to spend an afternoon by yourself. The grounds are lovely to walk around with a coffee from the cafe too too :-) Good spot for a date, if you feel that way inclined!

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Came last year and liked it so much we just had to come again. Great, old-fashioned displays, beautiful building. Sad that the upper galleries are closed to the public but you can see they have very few staff and entry is free so I guess they are too difficult to look after. Still plenty to see though and it has... More 

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Cold Spring, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't have a lot of time to spend in this museum, but we wanted to make a quick visit because we had been told that it had many interesting exhibits. From what we saw that was very true; there were seemingly endless rows of specimens, and we regretted that we had to leave when we did. There was a... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't know quite what we would find. Lots of dead animals staring back at us, including species at risk of extinction, including gorilla and elephants. Didn't quite know what to make of it. A piece lent by a soldier who'd clearly shot the 'at risk' species somehow doesn't sit easy with me, just feels wrong somehow, but maybe that's just... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really awesome museum with a great range of specimens, laid out and looked after really well. Well worth the look!!!

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very confusing place to get to and seemed dead from the outside. Once inside however the artifacts are great and definitely worth a visit, especially as it is free. Its a shame however that you cant go upstairs so half of the artifacts are not open to the public

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit, only takes about 30/45 minutes but it's free! You can get off at a stop on the red tour bus to visit here! The animals are great fun to look at, I'd definitely recommend this! It is the best of the gallery's in Dublin!

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Thank Megan M
Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was first brought to visit this place as a young child, and have been there many times since. Some of the less positive reviewers seem somewhat to have missed the point - this is, in fact, a "museum of museums", a tribute to Victorian scholarship and museumcraft as much as it is to modern science. The Museum has undergone... More 

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