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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

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Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 01-677-7444
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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The ground floor of this museum is dedicated to Irish animals, featuring...

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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I liked the museum, with all species of animals and birds. I also liked the way that all of them are displayed, easy to learn and understand. I do recommend a visit, it is free... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I liked the museum, with all species of animals and birds. I also liked the way that all of them are displayed, easy to learn and understand. I do recommend a visit, it is free of charge, but go with time.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is really a museum of a 19th century museum. The staff are very knowledgeable. Displays are very interesting if not unique. Interesting exhibits of uncommon animals.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Natural History Museum is a museum in its own right – an exhibition frozen at its present state in the heydays of Victorian time. As such it is comparable only to Galerie d’Anatomie Comparée in Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. It reflects how collections were created and displayed - far from what is done today. There are many,... More 

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Thank Ole S
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It has free entry, and has a great location, as it's right beside other attractions. Take your time to explore the different exhibits on show, and you will enjoy yourself. This museum is fantastic for families with young children.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is rightly known for being old fashioned. Preserved animals are arranged in cases. Irish species are on the first floor. Other animals are on the second floor. There is no charge. I went because I finished more quickly with the National Gallery than planned. If you also have an extra 45 minutes or so, check it out. I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are expecting a modern museum with touch screens and info about endangered species etc forget it - this place is a bizarre monument to the Victorian approach to natural history. There are 100s of exhibits of stuffed animals, sometimes even giving the name of the person who shot them. The exhibits look like they have not been touch... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my 6yo & 9yo boys in the afternoon. It's quite confusing for us upon entrance. I wish they would group the exhibit. There are 2 floors, probably opening another 1-2 floors in 2017. On the first floor, many insects and some sea animals. A little dark in my opinion. My 6yo is not tall enough to see... More 

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Herning, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The amount of stuffed animals at this museum is overwhelming. And with no entry fee it's a no brainer, go there. What could be better. Only the first 2 floors are open to the public, but 2 other floors are clearly visible. Please let us access them too. The exhibition is very crowded. Add more trivia to make the overwhelming... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum can only be described as a treasure, entering is like stepping back in time. Its a pity you cant get to the upper levels which we are told are closed due to fire safety but there is so much to see that it will not ruin your visit. Our 6 year old is particularly fond of spiders and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A throw back to the classic way of preserving wildlife. The Irish elk exhibit is very impressive as are the exhibits of animals now extinct. A great rainy day activity and we saw many young families during our walk around.

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