National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Dublin
(3.8/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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. Put National Museum of Ireland - Natural History into our Dublin travel itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • 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 Vic...  more »
  • The museum is full of animal specimens, that is a fact. Whilst the practice of taxidermy has deminished, the museum is as educational today as it was in the day that the animals were collected and cat...  more »
  • A museum full of animal species around the world, two floors of great natural beauty! I'd recommend it!
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  • Loved this free museum. This is like a throwback to a century ago (in a good way). It boasts large diorama like wooden and glass structures with an astonishing variety of animal specimens from around the world. It will keep a family entertained for a few hours forgetting about the rain. 😀
  • Aka "The Dead Zoo". Lovely museum. The bottom floor seemed to be dedicated to fauna of Ireland, while the first floor had a more global emphasis. I loved every minute of it. There is a second and third floor with even more to see, but it's currently (July 2016) under renovation. Oh well.
  • Top 10 places to visit in Dublin. Educational and highly informative. I have been here countless of times and with each visit it feels like it's a first visit. I still look forward to visiting cos with each visit you learn something new. Highly Recommend.
  • Some run of the mill as well as fasciniating animals, insects, etc. on display here. Large two story area that you can walk through at your own pace. They have lots of species - work checking out, free admission.
  • Top class museum, it's worth visiting just for the building itself. Penny Dreadful was filmed here in 2015. Creepy!