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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 #63 of 281 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Lovely old museum with loads of interesting specimens. It is laid out over two floors and I did not see a lift. Also, to my sons disappointment there are no dinosaurs! We would go back again and wander for a few hours.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The natural history museum or "the dead zoo" as its known to local Dubliners is a very small and slightly eerie museum. The museum is full of interesting stuffed animals and skeletons, they also have various extinct species. The museum is very well laid out, free of charge and there is so much to look at, I would recommend to... More

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Vanersborg, Sweden
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162 reviews 162 reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I went here 9 years ago and came back in hope to find the same feeling that I did then walking around watching all the stuffed animals. But I was really disappointed this time, hence the poor degree this time. Why are there so many parents just letting their young ones run amok? There were children everywhere playing, touching the... More

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Wow, I've never seen anything like it! The whole museum is packed full of animals, some of which I never knew existed. Fascinating for all ages. Displays are over two floors and there are masses of animals looking down at you from ceilings, walls and other floors. Well worth the visit!

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Upon entering the Natural History Museum (built in 1857) you enter a small alcove and then open a door and all of a sudden you are faced with hundreds of old exhibits of animals. Your senses are overwhelmed and your eyes start to wander trying to take in everything. There were hundreds of old glass enclosed displays... More

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Ellesmere Port, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

We ran through this exhibit once we realised there were only 2 large rooms full of glass cases crammed with stuffed dead animals. Very disappointed.

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Wales
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

I admit as a Londoner I may have been spoilt but I was really disappointed here. The museum was relatively small and there were no leaflets or guides available . I never saw one member of staff during my visit despite it being the summer holidays. It was basically a museum packed with stuffed animals and their skeletons. A lot... More

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lancaster
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6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Tops marks to what the locals call the dead zoo.Very interesting and spent a few hours here and free!So much to see and on the labels dates from alot of years ago when the animals were stuffed.

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I happened to be staying very near the museum and practically fell into it. Admission was free, and I am always fascinated by birds, animals, etc. The facility is old but kept up beautifully. The greeter at the main entrance was very helpful and discussed other parts of the Museum complex I might want to see as well as this... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I had a great time at the museum, but I am also an animal lover. It was free admission and spent about an hour and a half looking through the 2 floors. Yes, it is all taxidermy animals but there's a large variety from tiny insects, to human skulls, large mammals to obscure fish. It's good if you have the... More

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