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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
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+353 1 677 7444
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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
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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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Don't expected a lot and get amazed

I didn't expected a lot of this museum so when I walked in I god amazed about all the animals the museum have to offer. It is like you walk in to a zoo but all the animals are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a trip back in time to when all manner of animal was stuffed to help people understand more about them. Known by locals as "the Zoo with dead animals". It's a quirky museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I didn't expected a lot of this museum so when I walked in I god amazed about all the animals the museum have to offer. It is like you walk in to a zoo but all the animals are stuffed and put together on a small amount of space. The first floor is filled with all animals that you can... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this museum. It was very very interesting. Saw animals and birds I never knew existed. Most exhibits were once a live animal. The museum is full of taxidermy. It was so interesting to get up close to animals that no longer exist like the Irish giant deer. No admission fee. Would go again. A true DublinTown gem!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting museum and it's free so what is there to complain about. Lots of exhibitions over the two floors. Unfortunately third floor closed due to fire escape issues pity as that was the scene for many episodes of Penny Dreadful S3. You can still view the walk ways from the second floor. Definitely recommended for an hour of your... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to go with kids and adults. Loads to see and learn and it's free! It's in. Beautiful part of the city so you can take s stroll around Merrion Sq afterwards.

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Without doubt one of the most interesting museums you'll visit. The Natural Museum of Natural History is straight out of the 19th century and very little including the exhibits have changed since. It's essentially a museum of a museum and it's free! The museum is in the Georgian area of Dublin so worth a stroll around after.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The nickname of this natural history museum is "The Dead Zoo." And I can understand why. It's filled to overflowing with taxidermied animals: case after case after case of them. Little signs tell you what animal it was. But there is very little in interpretive signage here, nothing that really engages you to ponder about the life of the animal.... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a somewhat atypical natural history museum. Rather than displays with explanations or interactive exhibitions, it is simply a huge collection of taxidermied animals, some extant, some extinct. They're certainly interesting to look at - if you're expecting more actual information, you may be disappointed, but ultimately, it's free, so absolutely worth visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The national museum of Ireland natural history is a great place for a visit. Plenty of animal specimens, including many I have never heard of or seen in my life! Could do with a bit of an upgrade though, clearer and more interesting signs would be a nice start. But overall recommended to others for a visit. (The kids there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although this museum is very small, it's is a must-see. The taxidermy is kept in old wooden cases. It's cool and creepy all at once. The museum has not been extensively updated, which gives it the Victoria feel. You could spend an entire day here leaning about the different animals from Ireland and abroad. But if you're low on time,... More 

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