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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 25, 2004

The TA review says something about "myth and fact intersecting"....I have no idea what they're talking about, but it is worth a visit. Dublin isn't exactly a vacation wonderland for the under 18 crowd, but I have yet to meet a local kid that doesn't...More

4  Thank Eiregirl
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 26, 2015

When you hear about a History Museum, generally you think of things that are apart of history. I was excited to see the museum, expecting to maybe see some prehistoric animal bones or fossils, anything of that sort, and was thoroughly disappointed. This "museum" was...More

3  Thank Sheelbee
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All reviews stuffed animals dead animals irish deer preserved animals victorian times glass cases free admission victorian era rainy day worth a visit on display step back in time great for kids great collection few hours merrion square beautiful building
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Reviewed yesterday

Loved this museum. Though it is nowhere near as nice as the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in DC, it does have some peculiar fossils and artefacts. There are a number of animals from around the world that have been preserved ad stuffed. Also saw...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Actually stumbled into this place trying to find the national Museum of Ireland. The ground floor is full of species that have been found in Ireland and I was blown away at the number of species particularly the variety of sea life. The upper floors...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to spend a few hours with the kids. Lots to see and explore at your own pace and it's all free.

Thank Jenlen87
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family loves the ‘dead zoo’-it is a great educational way to spend an afternoon in Dublin. The number and quality of the exhibits is wonderful. It’s just a pity that the two upper levels are not open to the public-I would love to see...More

Thank LAH24
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent about 40 minutes milling about this free “dead zoo”. Worth the walk round. Plenty of fun photo opportunities.

Thank BCrawford200988
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is full of taxidermy pretty much! They have all kinds of species of animals! There are two different levels! The first floor is smaller animals and the second floor was larger animals! It does not take long to go through the building though!...More

1  Thank roxanne t
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A much larger collection than the outside appearance would suggest. Split over two floors it offers an interesting look at our natural world. Pair it with the national gallery next door and have your self a lovely afternoon

Thank Sean3387
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the many museums located in Dublin, and for me, one of the most impressive. I went to this place, which is located in the core central part of the city center, with my classmates and teacher. I really liked the great...More

Thank Diego E
Reviewed October 6, 2018

This free-of-charge museum wonderfully showcases stuffed Irish (Ground floor) and worldwide (upper floors) animals. It doesn't get sidetracked with overly produced hollow nonsense exhibits. It just shows off the animals of Ireland and the world in a beautiful building. Particularly suitable for kids - it's...More

Thank JohnTravel92
Reviewed October 6, 2018

I visited this museum on a recent trip to Dublin, the museum has some interesting exhibits but it is fair to say it a bit smaller than I was expecting and could do with some tender loving care, some dusting and probably an increase in...More

1  Thank 235AndrewR
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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