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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 677 7444
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The ground floor of this museum is dedicated to Irish animals, featuring...

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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Simple ideas, happy faces

It is essentially 2 large rooms with stuffed animals in. One dedicated to locally found animals the other to worldwide favourites. We enjoyed both, but we're more interested in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Simon T
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Greater Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum offers a very well curated and fascinating exhibition of the bog bodies. It is at the same time informative and moving. I found the Fadden More psalter particularly interesting. It was discovered as recently as 2006, a blink of time in Ireland. The early Celtic metalwork is breathtaking. And one of the remarkable things about this attraction was... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm sorry to say, but this was a huge let down. I visited the archaeology museum around the corner just before and not only was it full of screaming kids running wild whilst parents gossiped in the pathways with the prams blocking other visitors. Not the museum's fault though. It really is the "dead zoo". Lots of stuffed animals in... More 

Thank Mr G
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is essentially 2 large rooms with stuffed animals in. One dedicated to locally found animals the other to worldwide favourites. We enjoyed both, but we're more interested in the Irish animals. Having played it down, you must remember... It's free! As we gently walked round taking everything in we spotted lots of very happy faces especially those younger patrons.... More 

Thank Simon T
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst a very dated museum with exhibits we've all seen in other museums, the place had a bit of historical charm and was crammed full of stuffed animals from around the world. Worth a quick visit.

Thank sotoole01
Billingham-on-Tees, null, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we were English and not Irish we found it very informative about the Irish history. A good few hours browse and much longer if you read everything or do the audio tour.

Thank Peter C
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps it is the lack of space that did not appeal to me. The exhibits were all cramped in together. After seeing the Natural History Museum in New York, this is no comparison. But then, I should not compare. There is enough display for kids to be entertained and educated. The animals are placed in tiny cages that looked really... More 

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Sun Valley, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was keen on passing by this natural history museum, but my travel partner pulled me in. The museum is enchanting in it's atmosphere. It's basically a building stuffed full of taxidermic animals, labeled sparingly with typewritten bits of paper. I wouldn't call it educational in the strictest sense of the word, but it's a feast for the senses.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there with the family and was pleasantly surprised. The Good: First, the museum is free admission, but it does accept donations. So, please be generous with your donation to keep this gen free of charge. Second, there is a great exhibit about the gold and silver in Ireland BC. Third, there is a great display of mummies from the... More 

Thank FoxFrancis
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is wonderful. This place is magical. Filled with everything from the early protozoans to the newly extinct tasmanian dog. It's a giant collection of animals with few and old descriptions of those. For those who know their animals and are interested in evolution, I can only recommend going here. Remember to look in the nooks and crannies for... More 

Thank TJKaul
Kildare, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If history and animals are your thing, then the Dead Zoo is a must visit. It is not for the faint-hearted! It will give you an appreciation of the animal kingdom that was in Ireland down through the ages. Allow 3-4 hours for your visit to appreciate this Museum fully. This Museum is just a 10 minute stroll from Grafton... More 

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