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 Mondays (including Bank Holidays, Good Friday, 24th of December, Christmas Day, and 1st of January.) 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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  • This is an excellent and FREE experience right in the heart of Dublin City. The animal exhibits are phenomenal and educational and their is everything from insects to dinosaurs. The only thing they do...  more »
  • Day started with heading off the theNational history museum, we got there around 10:30 and it wasn't busy at all, cant believe its free, very interesting for Both the kids. well worth a visit, for foo...  more »
  • A must visit for everyone in Dublin. Very educational and interesting. Apparently it is know to dubliners as the dead zoo because of all the stuffed animals. The museum is really nice and has a victor...  more »
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  • This museum is free (just as the other 2 national museums) We had a great time here at the death zoo. It is nice to see so many animals from all over the world and of course special Irish ones too.
  • It is a really really good museum with loads of animals from Ireland as well as worldwide. It's especially good for family Sundays. Kids would love this wonderful place. The design is nice as well, which looks like a laboratory in a college. You will find that the nature is far more larger that what we think.
  • Really interesting. Hard to believe the amount of species just in Ireland. Good to spend an hour or two going around. Definitely recommend.
  • Great museum with some fantastic displays. Lots of Irish people have never been here which is a shame. I'd recommend you make it your aim to see the Bog Bodies amazing forensics giving an insight into our historical relatives.
  • Good museum showcasing a great variety of species. Great family day

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