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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“stuffed animals” (107 reviews)
“irish animals” (24 reviews)
“dead animals” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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"
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"irish animals"
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"dead animals"
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"preserved animals"
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"victorian times"
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"victorian era"
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"rainy day"
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"free admission"
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"on display"
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"step back in time"
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"great collection"
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"worth a visit"
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"merrion square"
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"top floor"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Really disappointed with this museum, nothing compared to Londons natural history museum. This was old fashioned and honestly made me feel sick with all the stuffed animals. It needs modernising massively. I would have preferred the museum to look at the way people used to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

So much fun and intrigue packed into the space! This museum is free along with other national museums and should defiantly be on your list. There's everything from tiny insects to huge giraffes on display, also great for all ages, from couples to families alike.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn't believe how big this place was until you went inside. So many animals to see. Really enjoyed the visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is amazing! There's a wide variety of animals with lots of explanations. One of my favorite attractions in Dublin.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Natural History Museum is one of the museums included in the National Museums of Ireland. It is small, only has two floors with a single room in each one. In fact, only there are dissected animals. We visited it, because we wanted that our child...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is two floors of fish, birds and then from small rodents to a huge African elephant, rhino & giraffe and everything in between that have all been preserved or stuffed by a taxidermist. There are no living animals in the museum, oh right,...More

Thank Vansportsfan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent and FREE experience right in the heart of Dublin City. The animal exhibits are phenomenal and educational and their is everything from insects to dinosaurs. The only thing they don’t have is the rare leprechaun skeleton!!! 🇮🇪

Thank Haradona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Day started with heading off the theNational history museum, we got there around 10:30 and it wasn't busy at all, cant believe its free, very interesting for Both the kids. well worth a visit, for food we walked to Il cafe Di Napoli on 41...More

Thank David B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must visit for everyone in Dublin. Very educational and interesting. Apparently it is know to dubliners as the dead zoo because of all the stuffed animals. The museum is really nice and has a victorian feel to it like stepping back in time. Interesting...More

Thank ALCBS
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This really interesting place is known as the ‘Dead Zoo’. It has an impressive amount of skeletons and preserved animals, fish, etc. We spent a little over an hour here.

Thank Richard P
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MichelleMoore84
21 January 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
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
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