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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 #72 of 285 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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donegal,Ireland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

The kids liked it but it looks like it probably did in 1980, very cramped, a bit musty and needs some technology, a few touch screen computers and experts talking on them, 30 mins felt like 3 hrs.

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San Francisco
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

Good for kids Plan for 45 min - 1.5 hours to see both floors packed with exhibits. Nice display of Irish wildlife variations as well as international items as well. Everything was well labelled.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

The tour bus commentator said its been described as the dead zoo.The only way you'll get close to some of these animals. Fab place to visit and its FREE!!! Like stepping back in time the building is really impressive.

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We visited the Natural History Museum in October 2014. The museum is free for entry which was nice. Overall the museum is great. It has an extensive collection of animals from all over the world. The museum itself is quite small considering the number of animals held within it. This made it a bit overwhelming at times as the rooms... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Enjoyed this actually! It's basically stuffed dead animals over two floors. Strangest natural history museum that I've ever been too, but oddly enough...interesting.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The Natural History wing of NMI is an essential destination for anybody with even the slightest appreciation of the natural world. Anybody with an IQ in double figures or above will love it. Long extinct Irish Elk are on display and have to be seen to be believed; ornithology buffs will love all the stuffed birds, and everything from taxidermied... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Loved this museum. It is full of really old display cabinets full of interesting things. It had the feel of of very old museum, authentic. Just lovely to wander around. Feels like it has been there forever and never really changed. It is what it is.

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Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Lots of interesting dead animals and skeletons. Enjoyed getting to see the scale of some of the animals. Its amazing to see how tall a giraffe is or how thick hippos are.

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Enfield, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

We almost skipped this place, but at the last minute decided to check it out. We were quite impressed. It is 3 stories of very well preserved animals, birds, fossils and artifacts. As animal and nature lovers, we enjoyed seeing the variety of species that reside in Ireland on the ground floor and then specimens from around the world on... More

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Los Angeles, California
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61 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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