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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

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Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 677 7444
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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 taxonomic group.
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  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“stuffed animals” (114 reviews)
“irish deer” (26 reviews)
“dead animals” (24 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
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+353 1 677 7444
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"stuffed animals"
in 114 reviews
"irish deer"
in 26 reviews
"dead animals"
in 24 reviews
"preserved animals"
in 17 reviews
"victorian times"
in 9 reviews
"glass cases"
in 14 reviews
"victorian era"
in 9 reviews
"free admission"
in 24 reviews
"rainy day"
in 31 reviews
"on display"
in 32 reviews
"step back in time"
in 12 reviews
"great collection"
in 11 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 40 reviews
"merrion square"
in 13 reviews
"great for kids"
in 10 reviews
"few hours"
in 28 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 12 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

Very interesting museum, so much to see. A fantastic variety, And it's free which is awesome. I'd recommend it for sure.

Thank Andrew E
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the archeology museum and the natural history museum. They are both really lovely and well worth a visit!

Thank Barbjjohnson
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum is a contrast to the modern museums of Dublin and is like stepping back in time to the Victorian era. Exhibits relate to a time where wildlife was hunted for collections. Two floors - Irish wildlife and rest of the world. Friendly and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not quite sure what we were expecting but this was more like a taxidermist's heaven. Pretty much every kind of animal you could imagine was stuffed here. Was ok for a rainy day tour.

Thank DonnamjCan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would totally recomend to visit this fantastic museum. Nature is so beautiful, you'll see ;) 10/10

Thank John D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A good museum to spent few hours in a rainy day. The place is quite small, but it's from floor to ceiling full of animals, birds, fish and insects. Interesting.

Thank Outi112
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was surprised how interesting this smaller museum was.... so many different animals and birds packed into a smaller space. Great for kids. Unfortunately, the 3rd and 4th levels are closed as they have no fire escape.

Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked in not knowing what to expect and were very impressed with the collection of animals of every variety here. Too bad the third floor is closed as I spotted some ostrich’s up there and wondered what other gems might be there. This museum...More

Thank Patricia D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 3&4 year old boys and they loved it! It is two floors and many of the animals, fish and birds are from the late 1800s. It is presented in a very old school style, packed with displays everywhere! I loved the black...More

Thank Jay P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit of this relatively small collection if you are visiting the nearby National Gallery. There is an interesting fish collection mainly caught off the coast of Ireland and it seems mostly in 19th century. The Sun fish is enormous. It makes you wonder...More

Thank Jonanny
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MichelleMoore84
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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Donna O
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
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