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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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All reviews stuffed animals dead animals irish deer preserved animals 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 couple of hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Thank hansc3101
Reviewed 4 weeks 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
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Reviewed January 13, 2019 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 January 6, 2019 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 December 30, 2018

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 December 28, 2018 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
Thank jamieandremytravel
Reviewed December 23, 2018

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
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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