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“A landmark You must see!”

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“A landmark You must see!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

This is the original unaltered Victorian Museum. In my opinion still pedagogically superior to most modern institutions. But of course far more exspensive to establish than the modern thing.
I do not know of any other comparable institution worldwide. 30 years ago i could have suggested a dozen. So grab this opportunity while it lasts!

Visited February 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Decent museum”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Not bad for a free museum. We saw several different types of stuffed birds, insects, bears, lions, etc.

2 floors of stuffed animals and fossils. Very simple layout. There was even story time for kids.

Worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Great for all ages”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Not open on Mondays, this is a lovely place to spent a few hours on a rainy day in Dublin if you are visiting with kids

Visited November 2012
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Bandon, Ireland
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“Good fun for the kids.... And educational also”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

How do you get young kids into a museum and get them interested in the displays?...... bring them to the natural history museum in Dublin. My kids thought it was "cool" & "gross" at the same time. So did I.

We were all fascinated by the displays, especially those that had the stuffed animal displayed next to just it's skeleton.

You could easily spend an hour or two in this place with the kids and longer if you we're on your own.

I would definitely recommend all parents to bring their kids to this museum and best of all..... It's free!!!!

The only disappointment for us was that there was no dinosaur skeletons there.

Visited January 2013
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“Like being in Stephen king's "pet cemetery"”
Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

This place is an absolute joke and has no right whatsoever to claim it is a museum of natural history. Putting the skeleton of an animal next to its stuffed partner does not make it history!!!! In a museum you at supposed to learn something, there are absolutely no information cards about Any of the animals. It's great for toddlers who want to marvel at all the animals but it should be advertised as such. I cant believe me and my partner walked around for ages trying to find this appalling spectacle.

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NM I, Social Media Executive at National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
That you for your feedback, we are sorry that the NMI: Natural History did not live up to your expectations. The building is a ‘cabinet-style’ museum designed to showcase a wide-ranging and comprehensive zoological collection, and has changed little in over a century. Often described as a ‘museum of a museum’, its 10,000 exhibits provide a glimpse of the natural world that has delighted generations of visitors since the doors opened in 1857. The Museum itself is an artefact and showcases how the earliest museums were formatted, however with the introduction of the discovery zone, where patrons can handle taxidermy and bones as well as relax in the reading area, we are endeavouring to adopt modern interactive practices without undermining the unique features of this functioning antique.
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