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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“stuffed animals” (114 reviews)
“irish deer” (26 reviews)
“dead animals” (26 reviews)
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Hours Today: 2:00 PM - 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 26 reviews
"preserved animals"
in 17 reviews
"victorian times"
in 9 reviews
"glass cases"
in 13 reviews
"free admission"
in 25 reviews
"victorian era"
in 9 reviews
"rainy day"
in 32 reviews
"on display"
in 32 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 41 reviews
"step back in time"
in 12 reviews
"great collection"
in 11 reviews
"great for kids"
in 12 reviews
"merrion square"
in 14 reviews
"few hours"
in 29 reviews
"beautiful building"
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Reviewed today via mobile

My title says it best so I have a biased review here. The high points are seeing extinct animals that you can not see anywhere else. The negative is the animals were killed to get in

Thank Rich P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You'll see everything from insects to prehistoric fossils and everything in-between, even Australian animals! It's really good and it's free most days of the week!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is very good, l had a very good time. I am planning to visit it again snd again. Thanks for your help

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We called here with young children and they loved this place. We do the normal zoo every year but this place was something so different and worth a visit. The bones of a huge Irish deer at the entrance got them interested straightaway and a...More

Thank Aisling M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my two girls 5 and 7 paid the museum a visit during July. It’s great fun my two girls really enjoyed seeing all the different sorts of animals and seeing them up close was mind blowing for them! They are asking to go...More

Thank Lisa A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been coming here over many years. It's a true capsule of a viktorian cabinet museum and a natural history one. The cabinets are a great way to get up close and see the detail of the animals. Definitely a great place to spend...More

Thank Marie G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place if around the city centre, free in and plenty to see. Only down fall is access to the second level if you have a buggy or wheelchair

Thank davep0283
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit today. Each exhibit felt so accessible and really imparted a sense of connection to each one. We took our time reading the information and scrutinising all the detail. Really recommend it and its free. Brilliant. Thank you to all who...More

Thank M1kelaw
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed my furst visit to The Natural History Museum, or Dead Zoo as it's known in Dublin parlance, since childhood. It's a great place and brought back so many memories of my youth and the joy we used to take in exploring this place...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place to bring the kids this summer. Free by the way but you can donate. It was wonderful great things to see now I did find the ground floor a bit dark and no flash photography allowed but still great and mine...More

Thank Jgallagher39
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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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