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.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00–17:00
Sunday & Monday: 13:00–17:00
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Admission Prices 2020:
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
Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin
Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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