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“Interesting if you like animals”

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
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Ranked #54 of 542 things to do in Dublin
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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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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Interesting if you like animals”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

We decided to stop in as we were walking by. The museum had a great collection of the birds, fish, insects, and animals that are native to Ireland.

Visited September 2013
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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“So much bones and skin”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

There are so many animals in here, insane! From the smallest insect to the one of the largest animals are in here. Old and extinct animals and the normal animals you can see outside. Also one of the best things to see, and its also for free!

Visited September 2013
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NM I, Marketing Executive at National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to post such a positive review of the Natural History Museum. 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. Many thanks for taking the time to post such a positive review.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“The dead Zoo”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Well worth a visit, free admission and its a must see with two levels the ground floor being all the wild life from Ireland amazingly preserved stuffed animals and amazing skeletons of three giant stags very impressive the upstairs more wonderfully preserved animals from all around the world from giraffes to pandas.

Visited September 2013
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Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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“Who stuffed these animals”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

It's not a wonderful museum but it's well worth the visit. Located beside Merrion Square and the National Gallery it's a break for the kids that you have just dragged past all the Van Gogh's and Picasso's.

Some of the animals look like they were stuffed around 1900, some of the bottled displays look past their sell-by-date but there is so much on display and the building itself is wonderful inside that it is worth a visit. I think I visited this place 40 years ago - same stuff on display.

Visited August 2013
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East Yorkshire
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“The dead zoo!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

We passed this on our city tour and were fascinated by the name 'the dead zoo'.

When we walked in we understood why. The ground floor has various animals, insects and bugs and our son enjoyed lifting the various covers to see what was hiding underneath. Upstairs is the star attraction - so many animals on display, we read there are over 2 million exhibits. To be honest there were so many animals you could easy loose a few hours in there.

It looked like a bit of a storage room upstairs with all the exhibits in there but this added to its charm and it was great to have a wander in a different type of museum. Nice little gift shop on sight too and close to some other museums worth visiting too.

Visited August 2013
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