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. 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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  • August 17, 2017
    i have brought my children and my grandchildren here many times.great day out and they are amazed at learning all about the animals,from past and present  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If you have not been to a museum of this type go - it is free! The place is stuffed with exhibits to check out and a lot do!  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    An old, dusty collection of animals such as that was the custom in the 19th century. Although free, but there are better ways to the nature to discover or to spend your time in Dublin.
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  • May 21, 2017
    The great appeal of the National Museum's Natural History building is the fact that the exhibition itself is wonderfully Edwardian and unchanged. The exhibits are less scientifically informative than they are a circus side-show of various species, each with yellowed labels displaying simply their scientific and - only sometimes - the common name. However, the unfortunate appearance of delapidation and neglect mars the experience and indicates some wanting for care of the collection by the curators and the building by administrative staff (perhaps due to lack of funding). It does not appear to have changed in any way since I last visited 35 years ago and part of me hopes it never does. A free, permanent exhibition that is most definitely worth a visit for either the building itself, which can be experienced in minutes, or the tightly crammed and busy collection, in which you could lose yourself for hours if you wished.
  • May 20, 2017
    It is amazing place for people who interested in science and you will see sculptures of all kinds of animals, birds, fishes, flies, insects. Most importantly the human head from old times. Admission is free and it is worth visiting
  • June 6, 2017
    Great museum and very educational. I went on a school tour first, many years ago, and the bog bodies were most memorable.
  • July 7, 2017
    Great building and animals. Real pity that I couldn’t get to see the upper levels though.
  • March 7, 2017
    They call it the "Dead Zoo" for good reason. It's full of example of all kinds of animals big and small from around the world. All the exhibits are housed in a beautiful building in the grounds of Leinster House (Government Buildings). Just remember that it's closed on Monday's like many of the national museums.

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