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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Features Animals
Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 677 7444
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The ground floor of this museum is dedicated to Irish animals, featuring giant deer skeletons and a variety of mammals, birds and fish. The upper floors of the building were laid out in the 19th Century in a scientific arrangement showing animals by taxonomic group.
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  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“stuffed animals” (104 reviews)
“irish animals” (25 reviews)
“dead animals” (23 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 677 7444
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This Victorian style museum - sitting untouched for 100 or more years is still something to see for all the amazing variety of animals, birds and sea creatures that it houses. A boom for the various students that were here in force when I was...More

Thank CanAussie416
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum feels a little dated, yet is charming for that - the displays are quite formal, totally unlike the modern interactive immersive audio visual experience we get elsewhere. Many of the taxidermy exhibits were arranged over 100 years ago, but look fresh and natural....More

Thank davidharcourt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its small but perfectly formed as museums go but its a great place to while away some time especially if you have kids in tow...or its raining in dublin city centre. After seeing the basking shark hanging from the ceiling it made me go off...More

Thank kingdomDublin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a little taken aback to learn that this museum of natural history is popularly known among locals as the Dead Zoo. Aptly named I guess as this the place you go to see the taxidermied versions of ancient as well as contemporary mammals....More

Thank MillboroGirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a natural museum of the most stuffed animals I have every seen in one place. Its very old but great for the family. Its free and does not take long to get around.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great spot!! It simply teems with animal displays of all kinds: birds, fish, rodents, reptiles, insects etc. It is informative, stimulating and most importantly, entirely manageable which makes it excellent for kids. The locals call it the "dead zoo" which is fair enough...More

Thank Johnnythemanatee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is Dublin's National History Museum, and it's packed FULL of amazing specimens, all grouped and organized by species. Although I didn't see a lot of information or education in the museum, all of the animal specimens are identified. There is sooo much to look...More

Thank ZJC10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another of the free offerings in Dublin well wort the trip. A large display of milatry equipment and fabulous story behind the history of Dublin

Thank haitch2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful museum with lots of animals packed into a small space. Loved seeing the variety. Definitely worth a walk through if you like animals or natural history.

Thank Colleen B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All sorts of Animal displays to see here, from fish to birds to lions and tigers. There's even whales! Nice to walk through and it's free!

Thank Craig R
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21 January 2017|
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Response from RockMeAsmodeus | Reviewed this property |
It's a fairly atypical Natural History museum - there's lots of taxidermied animals, but no exhibitions or information plaques as such. I would say about an hour and certainly no more than two.
Donna O
24 April 2015|
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Response from VALEDIreland | Reviewed this property |
Hi. The 747 bus from airport will bring you to walking distance from your hotel, €10 return per adult. Your £ sterling is very strong against the Euro at present. The museums and art galleries are free. the beaches are a... More