Galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas

Over 150 years later, it has changed little and is known as the “Dead Zoo”, a true museum of a museum.

Access new learning opportunities with the Discovery Zone by opening the drawers to see what is inside. Take a break in the Reading Area on the first floor: it is a great place to settle down with a book. The traditional exhibition style and furnishings are unchanged.

Exhibits cover the animals of Ireland at ground floor level and mammals of the world on the first floor. The balcony levels of the museum are not accessible at present.

A statue of Victorian surgeon and explorer, Thomas Heazle Parke, stands guard at the front of the Natural Building building. Parke acted as surgeon to an expedition led by Henry Morton Stanley in 1887.

Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible.

  • 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
Open Year Round

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00–17:00
Sunday & Monday: 13:00–17:00
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday


Admission Prices 2019:

Free admission

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

SHOPPING: Museum shop selling gifts, books and wildlife toys.

PARKING: City centre on-street pay and display

ACCESSIBILITY: Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible, and the levels are not accessible to the public for safety reasons

Getting There

Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin

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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