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“Great adventure for a 4 year old”

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
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US$37.48*
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Dublin Freedom Pass: Unlimited Transport and Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing
Ranked #55 of 530 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Ireland
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great adventure for a 4 year old”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We took our 4 year old son to the museum for the first time, having been there many times ourselves. The best area is the upstairs room with all the stuffed animals. It was great to see the animals in skeletal form as well where possible. Not as much to see as I remembered but still worth a visit. This is still a free venue which is amazing in this day and age. We'll go back.

Visited July 2014
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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“Wow”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

OMG, what a great collection of animals. I never knew about the prehistoric Irish deer with antlers so big they make a moose look like a kid's toy. Go see it, best fun in town for zero money too.

Visited June 2014
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Ireland
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“Excellent. A museum within a museum”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Established in the mid 1850's and little changed since. The Natural History Museum is a quirky and fascinating place. Admission is free. The ground floor is dedicated to Irish wildlife and the first floor to wildlife worldwide. The displays and layout of the place is like stepping back in time. A highlight that no one ever forgets is the whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling. Unfortunately the upper balconies have been and are still closed due to them not meeting modern safety regulations. It would be great if this was fixed! If you visit the Museum you will be right beside the National Art Gallery which is another great experience {and it's also free}

Visited June 2014
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“Fascinating!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Us Dubliners know this museum as the Dead Zoo, packed full of thousands of beautifully preserved species. As a child, I loved putting my nose up to the glass display cases & taking in as much as I could. Now, bringing my children, it's equally satisfy to see the same wonder in their eyes as they take everything in. The oohs & aahs start upon entry as the giant Irish Deers greet them.
This museum is a great way to pass a couple of hours & the museum provides a booklet that can be filled in by the kids, asking them to talk about their favourite animal of the exhibit or follow a trail to find certain shells or sharks etc. Bring pencils though, as these are not provided. There is also a reading section is a small corner of the second floor where you can sit and read from a selection of books.
All in all, this remains a favourite!

Visited June 2014
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Interesting few hours”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Old fashioned museum, plenty of animals in glass cases, lovely to see the giant Irish elk, and a good opportunity. Fro study animals closely.
Unfortunately the top floors are closed due to lack of fire exits up there.
Looks like getting ready to move to a new building in the future.
Good way to pass a few hours and is free with donation box.

Visited June 2014
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