National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Tel:01-6777444

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The Natural History Museum was built by the Royal Dublin Society and opened doors for the first time in 1857.

Over 150 years later it has changed a little and is known to generations of visitors as the "Dead Zoo" a true museum of a museum. Recent conservation work has improved access for visitors and provided new learning opportunities, including the Discovery Zone where visitors can handle taxidermy and open drawers to see what is lurking inside. Our Reading Room at first level is a great place to rest and settle down with a good book.

The traditional exhibition style and furnishing are unchanged. Familiar favourites include skeletons of 11 000 year old giant deer, Spoticus the giraffe and whales skeletons suspended from the roof. Exhibitions cover animals of Ireland at ground floor level and mammals of the world on the first floor.

We apologise that the upper levels of the museum are not wheelchair accessible at present. This requires funding for a conservation and access plan that will address problems for emergency exits.

Admission Free

  • Not fully Wheelchair accessible

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Opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am
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5:00 pm
Sunday
2:00 pm
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5:00 pm