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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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As featured in Dublin for young kids
Ranked #62 of 276 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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Medfield, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

OMG, what a great collection of animals. I never knew about the prehistoric Irish deer with antlers so big they make a moose look like a kid's toy. Go see it, best fun in town for zero money too.

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Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Established in the mid 1850's and little changed since. The Natural History Museum is a quirky and fascinating place. Admission is free. The ground floor is dedicated to Irish wildlife and the first floor to wildlife worldwide. The displays and layout of the place is like stepping back in time. A highlight that no one ever forgets is the whale... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Us Dubliners know this museum as the Dead Zoo, packed full of thousands of beautifully preserved species. As a child, I loved putting my nose up to the glass display cases & taking in as much as I could. Now, bringing my children, it's equally satisfy to see the same wonder in their eyes as they take everything in. The... More

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Bury St Edmunds, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Old fashioned museum, plenty of animals in glass cases, lovely to see the giant Irish elk, and a good opportunity. Fro study animals closely. Unfortunately the top floors are closed due to lack of fire exits up there. Looks like getting ready to move to a new building in the future. Good way to pass a few hours and is... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

First of all, this places is pretty much JUST taxidermy, let's make that clear from the start. If you're not into this, then you should stay away but if you are, it is just awesome! There is so much variety and they have really gone all out with the poses, layout and style of the exhibits. Some of them look... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Ok, so this is one I had to give 5 stars because my 9 year old daughter actually insisted on going twice. Of all the museums (yes, we went to them all), this was her absolute favorite. I can best describe this as thousands of "stuffed" beasts- all labeled and beautifully preserved. I, myself, was a little creeped out by... More

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Chicago, IL
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I loved this museum. I have never seen a collection of taxidermy like this in decades! The first floor has mounted specimens of Irish wildlife, prehistoric life, sea life. Most of the mounts were done in the late 1800's. On the 2nd floor are stuffed animals from all over the world. Zebras, monkeys, tigers, pretty much you name it! Don't... More

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Russiaville, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I really enjoyed this museum. While it is small there are so many things to look at. Hopefully they find a way to make the 3rd and 4th floors available to the public again as I'd love to go back and see the items on those floors as well. Because of the space limitation, there is not as many informational... More

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Fair Oaks, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Maybe we're spoiled by the Natural History Museums in NY and SF. The museum in Dublin had a many specimens that were stuffed and labelled and that was it. No information on natural habitat of the specimens. All of the National Museums in Dublin (all of Ireland?) are free so it was just our time. Not something we'd recommend unless... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Absolutely loved this place. I found every cabinet fascinating and informative and would highly recommend others to visit.

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