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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
Phone Number: 01-677-7444
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Ranked #101 of 605 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Natural history museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The ground floor of this museum is dedicated to Irish animals...
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Type: History museums, Natural history museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Dublin
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65 reviews 65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

this place is awesome. Let's start with the basics. It's free. Kids love the. Place. Basically it is full of all sorts of exotic animals that are now dead and have been stuffed. You get to see everything up close and personal. Will take at least an hour with The kids. It's good. Enjoy.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

..of the most moth eaten taxidermy I have every seen in a museum. Including tiny collapsed skeleton, hornless rhinos, and everywhere ruffled, dusty fur, bald patches and hilarious expressions. I loved it. Do not change it or modernise it in any way please it is an absolute haven with no interactive exhibits and no dumbing down. Full of young and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Firstly the museum is free, it's two large rooms full of skeletons and taxidermy, and it is a little old fashioned, but personally I really enjoyed it. It is quite a small museum and only takes an hour to have a good look round. There is not much in the downstairs room, and it's a shame that you can't go... More 

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Sint-Truiden, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The museum is free and learns you something about the animals in Ireland. But like some other comments say: the museum is in need of an update. The museum is made of two dusty rooms: a room full of stuffed animals you can find in Ireland and a room full of stuffed animals you can't find in Ireland but in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Visited here on several occasions. It is very much an older style museum but that doesn't take from the wonderful sights on view. Fascinating place for kids which so much on show. Very compact venue so will have lots to view. Hopefully a more modern extensive site will be built in the future.

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Carlow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Was really excited to see this exhibit as I've visited natural history museums abroad and loved it. Unfortunately though, the Dublin exhibit leaves a lot to be desired… Only the ground floor and first floor are open - the other floors cannot be accessed due to "fire regulations" as we were informed. A lot of the exhibits appear to have... More 

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DERBYSHIRE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Really enjoyed browsing through the animals on display. There was a lot of variety to see. An excellent place for children

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Though not my normal place to visit, it was an interesting look at Natural History. Sadly looks like some people have damaged some of the displays which is disappointing. Admission is free, though they do need donations to keep open!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

My kids absolutely loved visiting - fascinating range of animals and bones - the security guard even confirmed to my 5 year old that the animals do come to life - just like the movie - but only when all the visitors have left - added some great magic to the visit. Would definitely recommend and it's free too.

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My children love this museum and spend hours there. It is free at the moment. We had heard on the television that they had goggles which would allow a person to view things from the animals perspective. When we arrived there was no sign of them. We asked a member of staff and were subjected to a diatribe of how... More 

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