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The Natural History Museum was built by the Royal Dublin Society and opened its doors in 1857. Over 150 years later it has changed little and is known as the ‘Dead Zoo’ a true museum of a museum. Familiar favorites include skeletons of 11,000 year old giant deer, Spoticus the giraffe and whale skeletons suspended from the roof. Exhibits cover the animals of Ireland at ground floor level and mammals of the world on the first floor. We apologise that the upper levels are not accessible at present. This requires funding to address problems of emergency exits. Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible.

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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
Merrion St Upper
Dublin 2 Dublin

Museum type(s)

Nature & Natural History History & Anthropology


Children Geology Animals Zoo

Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday 01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sunday 01:00 pm – 05:00 pm

More opening hours


This museum has no entrance fee!

More admission


  • Museum shop

  • Child friendly


Merrion St Upper, Dublin, Ireland


Permanent exhibitions

3D Virtual Visit - Natural History

3D Virtual Visit - Natural History

These views of National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, include two balconies that are currently closed to the public following a safety review. While there are too few emergency exits from upper...
Irish Fauna

Irish Fauna

Discover examples of Ireland's insects, mammals, birds, sea life & predators.
Mammals of the World

Mammals of the World

Discover skeletons & stuffed specimens of non-Irish animal species, from elephants to whales.

All exhibitions


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