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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 1 677 7444
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Hours:
Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The ground floor of this museum is dedicated to Irish animals, featuring...

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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Amazing... if you don't miss the door...

Welcome to the dead zoo... aptly named. Much like this review, you have to get to the end to appreciate it... Upon entering the squat building, you will be greeted by three... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This brought back memories of Tring Museum for me as it contains hundreds of stuffed animals. It was really interesting to walk around, we enjoyed looking at the variety of birds but also the large animals (elephant, hippo and lions). Worth a visit and it's free to enter too so no complaints from us whatsoever. Full of school children -... More 

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Thank theculverhouses
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great collection of species, especially the ones native to Ireland. Great for the whole family, and very note resting to go through. It was free, and you can take pictures but no videoing. For fun, take a field guide to try to identify the organisms before you see the name!

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Thank Tori B
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb entertaining experience for the whole family. My 4 years old boy was fascinated seeing all the animals and wandering off on his own exploring the room. The exhibition was actually bigger than I expected and I highly recommend it for a rainy day with your little ones. Good pastime and entertainment for adults too.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a very mixed experience fascination and revultion of the exhibits,then understanding of the reason for them all

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Thank family076
Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love bringing my kids here, they can get right up close to the animals, it is on a scale that is big enough to keep you interested but not so large as to be daunting. Kids can roam a bit and you can always see them. All that and no shop for them to pester you about buying them... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all let me say what a fabulous place this is. And Free, sure what is there to dislike? Im afraid we met the most awful staff member there today, my husband and i were there with our 4 children, he followed us around, muttering under his breath telling the kids to not touch anything, just stared at them... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Welcome to the dead zoo... aptly named. Much like this review, you have to get to the end to appreciate it... Upon entering the squat building, you will be greeted by three giant skeletons of the now extinct Irish deer. These massive creatures are very regal, but out of place... from there you will see a few modest cabinets of... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some interesting exhibits if you're into Victorian taxidermy, but this place is extremely tatty and disappointing. There is no comparison with the excellent National Museum in Kildare St. The powers that be should feel ashamed, in my opinion. The museum says it's cash-strapped, so fund it properly. I was happy to donate to the main National Museum, but I just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved it. I absolutely loved it. It not huge, but it is impressive. Also I'm a sucker for natural history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We kept hearing all about the Dead Zoo while we were on the City Sightseeing tour, so we had to visit experience this for ourselves! The first floor wasn't really for me, and it also wasn't made totally clear that there was a second floor. The second floor is definitely where all the fun is, and some of the old... More 

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