National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Dublin

Categories: Natural History Museums, History Museums, Museums
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3.8/5 based on 750+ 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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  • Hundreds of taxidermy animals from around the world. Animals range from mice, monkeys, elephants, big cats, wolves, badgers, fish and so much more. My seven year old son loved it. Check hours - only o...  read more »
  • It was disturbing. There were many different specimens, but it smelled bad. The stuffed animals were disgusting and you could see the stitches and blood from where they were stitched back together on ...  read more »
  • An exhibition of very complete of all species of animals. Too bad that the upper floors are closed
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  • There are so many specimens and informative signs on display in this (relatively) small museum! I'm happy to have seen such expansive natural history museums in Los Angeles and the Smithsonian, but the wonder of walking into the two tightly-packed halls of this museum gave me a feeling of excitement for discovery that was unique and joyful!
  • I had so much fun. Some people say dead animal trophies whatever about these but for me, it was very exciting to see and learn. Also I love taxidermy.
  • Yes, some of the specimens are showing their age, but what a collection! Once you have accepted that these specimens were taken in a time when explorers shot and brought animals back for can begin to appreciate the extensive array of creatures, fossils, and skeletons on show. This is a fantastic educational resource. While I was there I saw children and adults reading, gazing, and learning. It's an experience that cannot be gained through the T.V. screen. Irish elk, Thylacine! I hope they manage to reopen the upper floors. Money should be made available for this. I could have spent the whole day there. Certainly a place that should never face closure.
  • The museum itself feels like a nineteenth century museum should. What's really great about this place is a. Its Victorian layout and b. Its interest to children. It really is the best museum in Dublin for children. I have always loved this museum, from childhood. I hope they don't ever modernise it too much.
  • The "Dead Zoo", as some locals call it, is a fantastic place to bring young children. The place is so densely packed with preserved animals, that it feels full of surprises and treasures.
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