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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

#54 of 506 things to do in Dublin Features Animals
Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 677 7444
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 677 7444
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A lot to see here. This would suit an afternoon for a couple or a family even if you are not particularly interested in science. It's well laid out and you can get around it quite easily.

Thank Traloch
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you get past the problem that there are thousands of dead animals in this museum, it is really well done. Instead of a bunch of descriptive plaques, the museum consists largely of stuffed or preserved collected animals. When you walk in, you will be...More

Thank 2005-travel-lover
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A free museum with amazing taxidermy. Of course these animals are sometimes old and look funky, but a lot of it is done really well. It all has this old feel to it and is amazing for Penny Dreadful fans. Sadly the upper layers are...More

Thank Rik v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free admission Kids enjoyed it though no lift for pram to go upstairs. Also quite cramped. Educational and enjoyable for the kids so worth going in the rain.

Thank Brian J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Affectionately known as the Dead Zoo. This is a very small museum but very educational for children.

Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An old school museum that essentially has things in cases and stuffed animals. This should be a museum of a museum of how museums used to be, as the galleried building is quite impressive and there is an antiquated feel of "ssshhh, must be quiet,...More

Thank Mark R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped in only because I knew it was donation only, but it's a decent location and would be fun to visit with kids to see all the different kinds of animals. I've definitely seen better natural history museums, but this small one is a...More

Thank Emily M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're interested in this kind of exhibit I'm sure you'll enjoy it but I found it a bit dark & depressing! The kids there seemed to love it though & staff seemed helpful & knowledgeable. Ok to pass half an hour or so!

Thank Shelly_mm35
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you like lots of glass cases full of specimens you might like this but sadly many of the animals look motheaten. Poor presentation with no dioramas. Not enough seats. Very cramped. No lift.

Thank John W
Reviewed 20 April 2017

All of the state run Museum's in Dublin are free. There's a good bit to see here too. Do this as part of the museum trail. You walk around and visit all the museums in a short amount of time because of their proximity.

Thank Andrew B
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How long would it usually take to walk around and take everything in?
21 January 2017|
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Response from PsychoSavager | 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
Hi I am concerned, after booking flights to Dublin I have been advised it is very expensive when you get there. I am coming with my 2 daughters age 12 and 14 and my mum. staying at the Grafton Capital. Can you advise re bus from airport and best (not too expensive)activities for my girls to keep entertained. Thank you x
25 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