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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

#55 of 530 things to do in Dublin Features Animals
Merrion St., 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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  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“dead animals” (22 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 677 7444
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Reviewed yesterday

This museum is nicknamed the "Dead Zoo" and that name is apt. It is simply rows upon rows of cases of stuffed animals. The bottom floor is animals found in Ireland and the top floor is filled with exotic animals from around the world. It...More

Thank biocellar
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Reading the reviews thats its creepy and full of dead animals im confused what did u expect to see ??? I loved it here its old school museam its dublins fair city. I like the odd and strange things in life maybe thats why i...More

Thank Jenny L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting because this museum is the way animal specimens use to be collected!! Building Architecture best part of the visit!! Can't complain by the price - free!

Thank Dr Tim T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Across the street from Merion Square, in a nondescript (for Dublin) building is an amazing collection of animals on display in hundreds of glass cabinets and display tables, everything from the tiniest insect to the skeletons of whales hanging from the second-floor ceiling. As museums...More

Thank dunadan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think it's a must see in Ireland. Very 1900s and very cool, the whole family enjoyed it. It is located near a great park and other museums so it is very convenient. Oh, and it's free!

Thank bullseye69
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst it does have an impressive collection and I was not blown away by this museum. Not enough information about species or animals were available and it just doesn't compare to the Natural History in London! However kids will be entertained for an hour or...More

Thank ktt93
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here & was worth doing, plenty to see in terms of animals, while they were doing work on the museum, could not complain, would have liked to seen a bit more but was ample enough.

Thank Graham L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this was the best museum I went in to. Give yourself an hour to do. the first floor is bugs, fish ducks etc the second floor blew me away all the different types of animals. worth the visit!!

Thank Kelly G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great selection of Animals very interesting for families and those on their own. the tour is free which was great also.

Thank SJBurkee
Reviewed 21 May 2017

A lot to see here. This would suit an afternoon for a couple or a family even if you are not particularly interested in science. It's well laid out and you can get around it quite easily.

Thank Traloch
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How long would it usually take to walk around and take everything in?
21 January 2017|
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Response from PsychoSavager | 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.
Donna O
Hi I am concerned, after booking flights to Dublin I have been advised it is very expensive when you get there. I am coming with my 2 daughters age 12 and 14 and my mum. staying at the Grafton Capital. Can you advise re bus from airport and best (not too expensive)activities for my girls to keep entertained. Thank you x
25 April 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