Natural History Museum Dublin

natural history museum dublin

Natural History Museum Dublin is located in Merrion Square Dublin 2, beside government buildings. Affectionately known by Irish people as the “dead zoo”, the museum offers a superb display of natural life exhibits from all areas in Ireland.

Visitors can explore rich and diverse plant and animal life from the Irish countryside and coastlines, exotic animals from around the world and also some of the larger historic animals that once lived in Ireland. Children will love the life size exhibits and will be in awe at the large suspended skeletons of whales, life size lions and tigers and so much more!.

First opened in 1897, the museum contains over 10,000 exhibits that have thrilled generations of visitors over the past century!. The Natural History Museum is truly one of the top family days out in Dublin with areas of interest for all ages. A regular programme of events provides fascinating insight and educational opportunities for school and families. The Discovery Zone allows visitors to handle taxidermy and bones. The Reading Area, at first floor level, offers a more sedate experience.

Natural History Museum Dublin


Opening hours:

• Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
• Sunday 2pm- 5pm
• Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday

Free Admission:
Admission to all four sites of the National Museum of Ireland is free.

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Events at the Natural History Museum Dublin


March 2017


Spring Activity Sheet- Spring Into Action!

Wed 1st  – Fri 31st  Mar. During opening hours

Drop-in Activity, Families

Spring has sprung so why not drop in to the museum and try our Spring Activity Trail. Copies of this activity sheet trail are available at the stand in the Irish Room. Don’t forget your pencil!


Animal Engineers!

Sat 11th Mar. 2:15pm & 3:30pm

Tour, Ages 8+

Beavers are one of nature’s largest living rodents and champion engineers. Join this tour and find out more about the animal kingdom’s top engineers and the dams, burrows and nests they build. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible.


St Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt

Sat 18th Mar. During opening hours

Drop-in Activity, Families

Unlock the city as you navigate the exciting trail, visit Dublin’s beautiful, historical locations and solve clues in this urban, participatory event. For more information please contact: or visit Wheelchair accessible.

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