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National Museum of Ireland

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 677 7444
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All reviews stuffed animals dead animals irish deer preserved animals glass cases victorian era free admission rainy day worth a visit on display great collection step back in time great for kids merrion square few hours beautiful building couple of hours
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of the best collections of animals I have ever seen, shows the history of animals in Ireland and around the world, free entry, can make you a little sad but makes you appreciate how precious our animal kingdom is. Located next to the other...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Angela M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to come here as we had enjoyed going to the one in London previously. The museum is quite packed in with displays, there is literally something everywhere you look. I do think it would benefit from being in a bigger environment, it just seemed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank nomadatheart27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the Natural History Museum has a very good collection the presentation of its collection hasn't changed in the last 100 years. It would urgently need a new outfit and make it more interesting for its visitors.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was expecting more objects in the museum or at least for them to be spaced out better. Everything felt too cramped together, and I only spent around 20 minutes in the museum. It is free, which is its main positive, though I guess if...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't have a nice experience of this museum, the smell was terrible so I got nausea, and it was very limited space, they had put in as many animals as possible on a very small area. And yes it's only dead animals, which is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank EllinorK28
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great collection of preserved animals from around the world. A beautiful building too and very easy to get to.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brendan G
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

If in Dublin you have an hour or two to spare then this is a great place to visit and absolutely free. My grandson of 9 enjoyed it thoroughly and even I found it interesting.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ErwinvdM
Reviewed February 3, 2019

i was expecting quite a small museum but it is much bigger than i expected! different floors full of diffrerent animals and insects.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Emillie2015
Reviewed January 31, 2019 via mobile

We are still thinking about this museum. Some hidden treasures, as well as all the displays. The historic feel of the building is very comforting. It was uncrowded on a weekday morning. There are two floors open for viewing. We spent several hours here. So...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Eat-Wild-Salmon
Reviewed January 29, 2019

Smaller than I expected but packed full of all sorts of animals and free entry, which is always a bonus.

Date of experience: January 2019
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January 21, 2017|
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Response from RockMeAsmodeus | Reviewed this property |
It's a fairly atypical Natural History museum - there's lots of taxidermied animals, but no exhibitions or information plaques as such. I would say about an hour and certainly no more than two.
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April 24, 2015|
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Response from VALEDIreland | Reviewed this property |
Hi. The 747 bus from airport will bring you to walking distance from your hotel, €10 return per adult. Your £ sterling is very strong against the Euro at present. The museums and art galleries are free. the beaches are a... More