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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  • a very mixed experience fascination and revultion of the exhibits,then understanding of the reason for them all 
  • I love bringing my kids here, they can get right up close to the animals, it is on a scale that is big enough to keep you interested but not so large as to be daunting. Kids can roam a bit and you can...  more »
  • You have already been in an old attic? It is the impression left me this museum. The collection is very large but clearly very old and sometimes in poor condition.
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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!