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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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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 victorian times glass cases victorian era free admission rainy day worth a visit on display step back in time great for kids great collection merrion square few hours beautiful building
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An impressive collection of preparated animals in a building that still has its original, 19th century atmosphere. It's one of the best opportunities to have an impression of the museums of the old times. The entry is free, the staff is friendly, so... Absolutely recommended!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gergő G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very small museum compared to the grandeur of the building. It is two levels of taxidermy and only half of it looks real, a lot looks manufactured and everything in the glass cabinets of covered in dust and poorly maintained.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to the museum and I lived in Dublin for many years. It’s a strange little place that is caught in the 19th Century. Loads of stuffed animals which is quaint to begin with but then just wears you out after going upstairs especially....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank disorder80
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is packed wall to wall with dead animals (especially on the upper level)... which would be fine if you could learn about them, but there isn't a lot of information posted. The whole place is rather eery. If you have nothing better to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank schonenacht
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was recommended to us to come here and we can see why. The entry is free, and the range of animals from Ireland, and all over the world, which you get to see is countless. Pop in if you’re in the Dublin, and make...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots and lots of stuffed animals. Not much information about what the animals are or where they lived etc. Felt full to the brim of dead animals so had a bit of a creepy vibe.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Molly H
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Thoroughly loved visiting here, free and lots to look at, great for those who love and are interested in animals. Only negative is that you can't go upstairs to see more!! definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

The sign is small and blends in really well, I should know I walked passed it twice. I love that they call it the "Dead Zoo" its stuffed for floor to ceiling (literally). Just 2 stories tall there is so much to see. Plan to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sharon F
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

This museum has a very nice atmosphere and location. It is a free museum also. You should visit this museum!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank semab245
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

The Natural Museum of Ireland is very underwhelming. The museum is outdated, displays stuffed animals from Ireland and other parts of the world. There was minimal information displayed with the animals. Could definitely be updated and improved!

Date of experience: November 2018
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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