National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Dublin

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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History houses 10,000 zoological exhibits that have remained popular and relatively unchanged over the last century. The museum, which opened in 1856, now showcases more than 2 million animals from Ireland and around the world. In the Irish Room on the second floor, see native creatures, including Giant Irish deer skeletons and a Basking shark. On the first floor, admire non-native animals, such as quagga and pygmy hippopotamus. Check online for tour schedules and upcoming events. Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. Closed on Mondays (including Bank Holidays, Good Friday, and Christmas Day). Use our Dublin itinerary builder to arrange your visit to National Museum of Ireland - Natural History and other attractions in Dublin.
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  • Dublin also offers a free Museum of natural history, though if you saw that in London it is best not to compare it. Is small and simple.
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  • It is a very nice museum with different types of animals from Ireland. Unfortunately the second floor was closed, I hope to go back there and visit the whole museum.  more »
  • Fascinating in its genre ... full of impressive specimens ... the Majesty of the Moose at the entrance ... just wish the second floor was closed!
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  • Such a cool experience. A great day out for both adults and children, and it's free in. Win win 😊 It has a very chilled out vibe. The displays are stunning and very educational, if that's what you're into. Although, I think, you won't get way without learning something new. On the ground floor you get to see native Irish animals and upstairs they take it global...with elephants and Buffalo and even the skeleton of a blue whale. It is one of my favorite museums in Dublin. I could stroll in for 10 minutes out of the rain or 2 hours reading about all the displays, and still spot something different the next time I go back. In my opinion, well worth a visit.
  • Great places even though I could only see the ground floor. The upper floor is not open right now due to damage caused by the snow. It should be re-open very soon and I hope I'll be able to visit it in April. A large choice of animals to observe, fossils and minerals. I really enjoyed myself despite all the little kids screaming and running around, but their happiness was nice to watch anyway. I like the old-fashioned vibe of the place, it's really nice and out of time. I'm so looking forward to seeing the upper floor!
  • Nested in the Georgian center of Dublin this museum has something to offer for everyone. The collection is very impressive and dioramas beautifully done. However often the upper floor is closed and it lacks modern, more interactive pieces for engaging the visitors.
  • Every few months I take the kids to the museum and though the exhibits generally remain the same, they absolutely love every visit. A great variety on show. The only down side is the lack of elevator, but it's a nice free outing that everyone in the family enjoys!
  • Unusual experience to see all this old, dead animals in one place. When i was on the museum the first floor was closed :( Big plus becouse of free visits and localization in the center. I hope to see other National Museums on my next time in Dublin :)
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