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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Having heard this was nicknamed “The Dead Zoo” on a recent visit here, I can now see why. Two floors stuffed with dead animals (no pun intended) Certainly killed a couple of hours in Dublin and the kids were entertained. Great free workbooks for the...More

Thank Travelling_Footy_Fan
Reviewed 1 week ago

A little dated, it looks like it could use some of the abundant tourist money coming into Dublin invested here, but still worth a visit. I loved all the irish fossils, that looked back into the history of the land into hundreds of millions of...More

Thank Julia C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it is fascinating seeing all of the dead animals and it certainly kept our teenagers engaged for a good hour or so. And it is wonderful having free admission. But the place is cramped and it feels dated with the signage looking like it...More

Thank Gregory K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is located alongside two other fine museums, we visited all three on a Sunday afternoon. The natural history museum is excellent entertainment for young and old alike. The main floor was full of ancient deer skeletons and a menagerie of wonderfully done taxidermy...More

Thank Malone2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Natural History Museum of Ireland is a small museum with a bunch of taxidermy displays. The museum is free and takes about 30 mins to walk through. This is more for children to walk among animals. The second floor has better displays of larger...More

1  Thank lmstrad83
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

having visited the ones in LDN & NYC i knew this wouldn't be as big but i really enjoyed the first floor,It is when we got to the second floor i realised how great this place is. The display on floor 2 is just amazing...More

Thank scunnyman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent about an hour at the "dead zoo" in Dublin- kids loved seeing the taxidermied animals side by side with a skeleton of same species. Irish animals on first floor and animals f the world on second. Big collection and it's free with a...More

Thank Jessica N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum was not as big as I thought it would be. Wee bit cramp with all the exhibits, although the variety is extensive! Loved the giraffe in the middle of the museum.

Thank Wendy L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't think much of the museum. It’s two floors of dead animals. The staff aren’t the friendliest, the was one member of staff walking around talking to people giving out information the others were to busy talking between themselves taking no interest in members...More

Thank AmyBelfast2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice museum. A lot of interesting things about Ireland, including the bog people, which was a little weird.

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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