We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Features Animals
Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 677 7444
Website
Share
Save
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
The ground floor of this museum is dedicated to Irish animals, featuring giant deer skeletons and a variety of mammals, birds and fish. The upper floors of the building were laid out in the 19th Century in a scientific arrangement showing animals by taxonomic group.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“stuffed animals” (115 reviews)
“irish deer” (26 reviews)
“dead animals” (24 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
CONTACT
Website
+353 1 677 7444
Ways to Experience National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
from US$41.70
More Info
from US$69.10
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (1,073)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"stuffed animals"
in 115 reviews
"irish deer"
in 26 reviews
"dead animals"
in 24 reviews
"preserved animals"
in 17 reviews
"victorian times"
in 9 reviews
"glass cases"
in 14 reviews
"victorian era"
in 12 reviews
"free admission"
in 24 reviews
"rainy day"
in 32 reviews
"on display"
in 33 reviews
"step back in time"
in 12 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 41 reviews
"great collection"
in 11 reviews
"great for kids"
in 11 reviews
"merrion square"
in 13 reviews
"few hours"
in 28 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 12 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 828 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Our walking tour guide called this museum the "Museum of Dead Things" - and it was. Over 10,000 stuffed animals- an amazing collection. It was quite a morning. Free admission and fun place to spend a few hours.

Thank Pam52787
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I know others might have felt a little creeped out to have all these dead animals staring at you but the taxidermy work is spectacular and the fact that they have specimens as small as fleas and as big as the black rhinoceros, Indian elephant...More

Thank James R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not sure how I felt in a large room full of stuffed animals, birds and fish.I found it interesting but I wanted to leave to get into the open air.

Thank Richard S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

took my two kids here aged 8yrs and 4yrs, they were so amazed and loved seeing the animal bones and preserved animal's. fun and educational. two floors filled with every animal and insect you can imagine. worth a visit!

Thank Jules K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

The locals jokingly refer to The National Museum of Ireland of Natural History as "The Dead Zoo" as it hosts thousands of examples of Victorian taxidermy from a time when explorers brought artefacts back from around the Empire for the betterment and advancement of Her...More

Thank wheelie07042
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

nothing more, nothing less. A wide variety of stuffed animals and aquatic animals on display. To me it was the air of school field trip without being compulsory and boring. Somehow this museum is on display itself, as an old form of the concept of...More

Thank 249YannM
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting from Australia we took our Irish grandchildren to the Natural history museum. It was excellent and would recommend it for children of all ages . The display of different animals, birds , fish and various insects etc was very impressive.The one disappointing thing we...More

Thank Osmond J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The natural history museum was quite crowded when we visited, perhaps surprisingly so since it is profoundly 'old school'. There are two main areas--both are impressive and the photos we took were amazing. Unfortunately, the upper floors that overlook the main exhibit are closed to...More

Thank LSQRD1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Housed in a Georgian building, it feels very much like walking into the Victorian era past. The cabinets are close together and filled with individual specimens. There are only a couple of displays consisting of two or more specimens and no habitat displays. Many of...More

Thank ColoradoGregD
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On sat the 23rd i callled in and walked around looking at everything. Loads of animals,insects etc. Kids love it. Great for school tours and everybody really. Free in and not far from clare street bus stop. I love revisiting here when i can as...More

Thank Jackie F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 150 hotels in Dublin
The Merrion Hotel
3,729 reviews
.15 km away
Buswells Hotel
1,647 reviews
.18 km away
The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel
4,059 reviews
.20 km away
O'Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel
1,197 reviews
.25 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Etto
387 reviews
.18 km away
Pearl Brasserie
937 reviews
.17 km away
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
1,151 reviews
.17 km away
Hugo's
815 reviews
.18 km away
Nearby Attractions
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
4,851 reviews
.12 km away
National Gallery of Ireland
1,627 reviews
.13 km away
National Library of Ireland
515 reviews
.15 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
MichelleMoore84
21 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from RockMeAsmodeus | Reviewed this property |
It's a fairly atypical Natural History museum - there's lots of taxidermied animals, but no exhibitions or information plaques as such. I would say about an hour and certainly no more than two.
1
Vote
Donna O
25 April 2015|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from VALEDIreland | Reviewed this property |
Hi. The 747 bus from airport will bring you to walking distance from your hotel, €10 return per adult. Your £ sterling is very strong against the Euro at present. The museums and art galleries are free. the beaches are a... More
0
Votes
Membership_Slide_Up_Placement_on_Attraction_Review
Get 10% off your next tour or activity booking.
Valid for new TripAdvisor sign-ups only.
Join TripAdvisor