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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

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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“stuffed animals” (103 reviews)
“irish animals” (23 reviews)
“dead animals” (23 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 via mobile

Visited here briefly before visiting the National Museum of Archaeology. It reminded me very much of the Old School Natural History museums I visited as a child. In serious need of an updating. Good thing it is free or I would have felt I wasted...More

Thank Ashley F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice museum for those interested in nature. There is an emphasis on nature found in Ireland, but the collection includes species from around the world. Entry is free.

Thank lboyce180
Reviewed 3 days ago

The displays are static and it is like an "old style" history museum, but we liked it because they had animals not seen in other places. Lots of the displays are at kid height.

Thank travelmomCharlotte
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was raining so we ducked into this free museum to kill time while we waited for it to stop--and I don't regret it! At first I was admittedly a little creeped out, because the first floor of the museum is quite dark and right...More

Thank Stefani T
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's free. Not to big but packed with thousands of items. It's the oldest museum in Ireland and was opened by Dr.David Livingston. Yes, that Livingston (I presume) ;-)

Thank chimochimo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to bring children! There is a skeleton of a giant deer, now extinct that is INCREDIBLE! A must see and it is FREE!

Thank Carol Lynn W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in here for the GIANT DEER Skeletons alone ad were impressed as this place was rammed full of Animals - My kids loved it. Again was another FREE Admission Museum so cannot fault it.

Thank Claretwayno
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've lived in Dublin for 42 years and never visited this museum but I'll definitely visit again, very interesting and informative with some excellent displays and all for free! The kids will love it

Thank Joey O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is free which is great! But i could help but feel like it could do with a bit of a revamp. There's a lot cramped in and not much information about the different species or storytelling throughout. Some people might find it a bit...More

Thank Andr3ab
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a great day out and I enjoyed it at the age of 32. Lots of animals from all over the world to look at starting with Irish animals on the first floor. It was very interesting and mind blowing aswell. I really enjoyed it...More

Thank Paula T
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21 January 2017|
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Response from Earthstuff | 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
24 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