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’, it houses a wide-ranging and comprehensive zoological collection of more than 10,000 exhibits. Visitors can explore Irish mammals, birds, fish and insects, as well as mammals from around the world.
Highlights include imposing skeletons of Ireland’s extinct giant deer and a huge, basking shark suspended from the ceiling. The aptly named Wonder Cabinet allows visitors to get up-close to museum objects with a fascinating handling collection.
The museum offers a year-round programme of workshops, talks and tours for all ages. There is also a gift shop onsite.

  • 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 2020:

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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