Galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas

Built-in 1856, the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History is a magnificent Victorian artefact in its own right. Sometimes described as ‘a museum of a museum’.

The ground floor only of the museum has recently reopened, Irish Animals including an iconic Giant Irish Deer, a selection of Blaschka Glass Models, and the Wonder Cabinet with its hands-on display for inquisitive young minds are on display. For further information visit

  • Discovery zone area has one mobile Discovery Cart, covering the theme of aquatic life
  • Reading Area offers an opportunity to sit and read more about the many animals which are on display
  • 10,000 exhibits provide a glimpse of the natural world

Opening Times:

  • Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 – 17:00h
  • Sunday & Monday 13:00 – 17:00h
  • Closed Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day and Good Friday

Admission Rates:

Free Admission

Useful Information

The ground floor only of the Natural History Museum is now open.

Getting There

Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin

Public Transport:
Luas (Green): St Stephen’s green, Dawson, Trinity
Dart: Dublin Pearse
Bus: See


Map Location: 53.339885, -6.253348
Contact National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

T: +353 (0)1 677 7444
E: Marketing@Museum.Ie
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