National Museum of Ireland - Natural History



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The Natural History Museum, which is part of The National Museum of Ireland, is a zoological museum containing diverse collections of world wildlife. The Irish Room, on the ground floor, is devoted largely to Irish mammals, sea creatures and insects. It includes the extinct giant Irish deer and the skeleton of a basking shark. The World Collection has as its centre piece the skeleton of a 60ft whale suspended from the roof. Other displays include the Giant Panda and a Pygmy Hippopotamus, and displays of fossils, minerals and rocks.

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
Merrion Street,DUBLIN,Co Dublin,DO2 F627
Phone : 01 6777444


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Tuesday to Saturday from 10-5 and Monday to Sunday from 1-5

About the area

Discover Dublin

It is often visited on a weekend trip, but rushing around is not the best way to experience Dublin. When Ireland joined the European Union, an economic boom began that flourished in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years of the 1990s – fashion, the arts, food and Irish culture all blossomed, turning Dublin into one of the world’s hottest city destinations. Its transformation has continued into the 21st century with a technology boom.

There is something very special about this small city with its split personality – exhilarating and chic on one side but traditional, with an older generation still hanging on to pre-EU values, on the other.

One of the city’s irresistible charms is its welcoming people; so take time to relax in the pubs and cafes while absorbing the craic that is synonymous with the Irish. Slide away from the touristy themed pubs to discover the real heart of Dublin in its less well known taverns and in conversation with the locals.


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