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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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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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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I grew up close to Dublin and I remember as a kid every time we went into Dublin I always wanted to visit here. I recently returned to Dublin to visit family and had a few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

We quickly stopped by to see if this was anything like the Edinburgh museum which we thoroughly enjoyed, but was very disappointed. We however did not see the 2nd floor due to time constraints but would be the last on my to see list. No interaction exhibits and very dull. Felt like a high school Biology classroom

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Seriously could have much much better. Crowded with kids, the animals were in need of restoration. It's free but I'd still say pass this one up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

I grew up close to Dublin and I remember as a kid every time we went into Dublin I always wanted to visit here. I recently returned to Dublin to visit family and had a few hours spare so I wandered around to the Natural History Museum and it was as amazing as I remember as a 5 year old... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We have visited the National History Museum mulitple times over the past couple of years and the adults love this museum as much as the children. It has amazing displays and no matter who you are or what age you are, when you open the door to the second floor showroom, everyone says WOW. There is no cover charge and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I was very disappointed in this museum, its old and outdated with exhibits that are shabby. wouldn't waste my time again if I return to the city.

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County Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This is small, old, overcrowded and dusty. And for all those reasons it has great charm and is worth popping in for a look! Only go if you have extra time to kill though, there are plenty of other things to see in Dublin!

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ELKIN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I guess once you've been to Smithsonian, nothing compares. This museum is small and I realize the animals are OLD but some are actually looking bad with pieces of the animal missing. I wouldn't plan a visit until you just have a little time to waste.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This museum had a great selection of animals but we were only allowed to go on the first 2 levels. It looked like the other levels above had awesome creatures as well. The attraction itself was in pretty good shape and was very interesting. The first level had Irish animals then once you went upstairs to the second level they... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

...bit of a step back in time, but curiously fascinating. Little kids seemed to love this place. Unfortunately you can't go up to the higher levels because of insufficient emergency exits. Bit of a shame, maybe there's a stuffed leprechaun up there!

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Akureyri, Iceland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was an interesting exhibition with a big variety of real stuffed animals from all over the world, would have liked to see more of them in "action" that is in more realistic set up. The museum's establishment looked very worn and could use a bit of refreshment, but hey it's free so I can forgive that. Would take my... More 

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