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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
01-677-7444
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Ranked #73 of 284 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The only thing worth going in to see is the giant deer they have a skeleton of from ancient Ireland. Everything else is just common birds and such. I lived in a small town in America with a natural history museum 5x as big. It is free though.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

What there is to see is certainly impressive but there's just not much of it. However it was under renovation at the time so I'd be happy to go back and see what I missed last time.

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Tianjin, China
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I have great memories of visiting this museum. It has one of the finest collections of glass amoeba/jelly fish in the world. I always marvel at the variety of animals, extinct included. Known as the 'dead zoo', I wander around looking and touching some amazingly preserved animals. Close enough to the city centre to include in a day out. There... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Old fashioned taxidermy museum but still fascinating. As an amateur entomologist I was particularly interested in the insect collection. It is a pity they could not have replaced some of the very old faded specimens with more recent ones - at least with the more common Irish ones.

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York, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

How this isn't in the tripadvisor top ten for Dublin attractions I cannot fathom! It was so good I went twice in two consecutive days. If you really object to taxidermy, you won't like it, but whilst I'm not so keen on the continuing practice of stuffing animals, I don't have an issue with it in a historical context, which... More

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Wicklow, Ireland
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Admission is free to this small museum with an extensive collection of taxidermy. I learnt a lot about the native animals of Ireland.

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A must see! Stuffed dead animals which are beautiful to see. Over two floors and entry free. Very much close to city centre tram station and covered in the sightseeing tours.

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Leicestershire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Took my six year-old daughter for a visit in August 2014 and there was a lot packed into such a small museum. There were stuffed animals, insects and deep sea creatures and penty of them. My daughter found it fascinating and had plenty to look at and discover. The main hall is impressive and the glass cabinets are full of... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Part of me hates the fact that our forebears saw fit to kill animals in order to study them but part of me loves that this means we can look at the stuffed animals they left behind! What I found particularly gruesome was that the bullet hole was still visible on some animals and some of the taxidermy left a... More

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you're interested in seeing all kind of creatures that lived or still living in Ireland, you have to visit this museum. The museum has them all, from moths to large skeletons of pre-history creatures.

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