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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 01-677-7444
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Nice day out

Went on a very busy weekend which was a bit cramped but there is so much to see and spent several hours here. Absolutely great exhibits. So fascinating. Would recommend.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Having whisked over to Ireland for a little break. We wanted to take in as much as we could see and enjoy, weather dependent! I was not disappointed having gone on effectively a see where we end up kind of walk around Dublin, with a general idea of where we wanted to go. I couldn't resist the temptation to visit... More 

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Fort Worth
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Free museum absolutely crammed with incredibly complete collections of birds, animals, fish, insects, etc., many of them collected in the 1800's and first decade of the 1900's. The first floor is devoted to those of Ireland and then the second floor is devoted to the world, especially Africa and South America. So many animals that I had only read about... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I love history, and the building is old, gives your experience a really old fashioned typed feeling as you walk around..Its full of stuffed animals, that I swear you feel as if in a split second can come alive..nothing is left out, no matter what your interests from mammals, birds, insects, water creatures..its a fun way to spend a few... More 

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tampa, fl
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This feels like 1890 on the inside, which I really love and appreciate. I mean, it's free and died with awesome stiffed animals. I fail to see how you can go wrong. And my 9 year old loved it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Went on a very busy weekend which was a bit cramped but there is so much to see and spent several hours here. Absolutely great exhibits. So fascinating. Would recommend.

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The museum is located at the back of Trinity college and other museum, so you have to walk all the way to find it. Despite being positioned in a great building, this is where the great stops. There are lots of exhibits, all stuck together and which kids and parents touch unashamedly rather than protecting them. There is a similar... More 

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Sterrebeek, Belgium
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This museum is a fantastic reminder of how far our modern museums have evolved. It's called "a museum of a museum" because it's almost the same as it was when it was opened. Expect: dusty old cabinets with lots of skeletons and stuffed animals, not many explanations (esp. 1st floor). A short visit. Don't expect: cafeteria or other facilities. Anything... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

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

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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Gibraltar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

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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