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 Admission is Free.

  • The Discovery zone area has one mobile Discovery Cart, covering the theme of aquatic life
  • Discover a ‘cabinet-style’ museum and a glimpse of the natural world that has delighted generations of visitors since its opening in 1857.
  • There are so many ways to engage with and explore the collections of the NMI. Find a talk, workshop or activity, and start planning your visit.
  • The Wonder CabinetGet up close to a wide range of real and replica specimens at this new interactive zone in the Museum. Highlights include a Spotted Hyena jawbone fossil and a Peregrine Falcon.

Opening Times:

Open Daily Year Round, closed December 25/26 and Good Friday

See website for opening times


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
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