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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

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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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Great collection but small museum. Great for kids!

Although this museum is small, there was an awesome collection of animals, birds, sea creatures and insects all local to Ireland. In another section of the museum, there were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Although this museum is small, there was an awesome collection of animals, birds, sea creatures and insects all local to Ireland. In another section of the museum, there were exhibits for animals from all over the world to include the American Bison, elephants, rhinos, bears, lions, tigers, apes of all varieties, birds, whales, skeletons of apes, elephants, and whales, the... More 

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Cochrane, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We very much enjoyed visiting this museum and learning about the wildlife of Ireland,past and present. The displays were very nicely done. Those deer skeletons were unbelievable.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This is an astounding museum. Contains animals (mostly stuffed) from all over the world, including a red panda and pangolins. Contains the skeleton of an extinct Irish deer with antlers that span 12 feet.The museum has changed little in 100 years, and has been called "A museum of a museum." For those who appreciate the unusual. Free.

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Bantry, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Went with two kids, one is a real animal lover, great afternoon they really enjoyed the experience. Well worth a visit. There was a lady demonstration with some animal skeleton bones, (lunch time demo) kids loved handling the skulls, bones etc, really informative.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Creepy fun I got impressed with realistic animals and their expressions. The museum cover all species and categories. Since tropical animal until extreme climate. Under the water, birds, mamiferos, extinguished, so on. It's recommended for whole families and all ages.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a fun visit with kids. A insane amount of taxidermy from massive whale skeletons to minuscule critters and everything in between - all crammed in so tight you can practically picture being on Noah's Ark. Make sure you find you way upstairs, the second floor is the more impressive display. Best part is it is free of charge... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My wife and I visited this museum and enjoyed seeing the stuffed animal exhibits there. The museum was filled with children, which is good because it is very educational for them. The collection of animals they have is very good.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The Natural History museum is small but packed with wonderful exhibits. The second floor was our favorite. It was obvious that the taxidermists were very skilled. Examples of creatures from around the world, in action poses(!), filled the two floors. We were able to get close to the exhibits, thus, we were allowed to examine incredible detail on the shells... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

If you have a problem with taxidermy and the Victorian obsession with killing animals for scientific research reasons then don't visit this museum. If you are able to dismiss all thoughts about the number of animals/fish/birds slaughtered to create the museum then you should find it very interesting. Great place to take children on a rainy day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Creepy, and somewhat sad to see the large quantities of animals that were killed for pleasure or to hang on the walls. Felt somewhat disturbed and found it distasteful, regardless of how long ago they had been killed

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Additional Information about National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Address: Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 01-677-7444
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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