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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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$70*
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Ranked #58 of 253 Attractions 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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County Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We loved our visit to the Natural History Museum. It is an absolutely facinating place. The exhibits are amazing and there is alot more to it than you think. We were in there about 1.5 hours but wish we had more time and that with the top floor closed on the day we were there. Entry is free but donation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Popped in here on a Sunday afternoon and the place is packed with fascinating animals - if you've got any interest in the natural world you'll love it (if you feel the need to be entertained by exhibitions this does requires a bit more effort)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The museum is full of taxidermy animals for exhibition.There were birds, land and sea mammals, of which most are native Irish animals. I honestly felt like it was more for kids than for adults.

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

It's free to visit but you can make a donation. We spent ages looking around the place and found it very interesting. I've seen a lot of bad reviews about it but considering it's free it's well worth a look for anyone who has an interest in this kind of stuff. We really enjoyed it and will be going again!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is basically a collection of stuffed animals. Even thought I always enjoy such collections, in the modern world a natural history museum needs to have more than just that.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The museum is a bit overwhelming because all the animals are displayed so closely next to each other and there's not much explanation which makes it boring

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Went in this museum and was out within 5 minutes... I don't know how it has got such high reviews! A lot of the animals aren't real and just casts of them, and all that the museum has exhibitions of is badly presented fish and birds in cabinets. Full of rowdy school children running about. Thank god we didn't pay!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

We wondered into the museum during our visit to Dublin, glad we didn't pay to enter. Small building crammed full of display cabinets containing stuffed animals/jars of preserved corals etc. My son was upset and refused to look, we couldn't get out quick enough.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is a Victorian Museum which features three floors of stuffed animals. My kids always have fun and the atmosphere is amazing. It's a trip back in time. Definitely a great spot on a rainy day in Central Dublin with small kids.

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