National Museum of Ireland — Natural History

Affectionately known as the "Dead Zoo," this museum is a hit with families for its amazing array of history, geology and zoology exhibits.

Taxidermy enthusiasts rejoice! Here you can find two very stuffed (get it?) floors of stuffed animals. The animals native to Ireland are upstairs. (Hint: there are a lot of birds and deer.) As you walk through different species of baboons interspersed with opossum babies and other rodents whose names we definitely can’t pronounce, you’ll marvel at the world’s biodiversity and wonder how many species the earth actually has. 

Best things to see at National Museum of Ireland — Natural History

Over four floors, the National Museum of Ireland — Natural History exhibits hundreds of species of mammals, insects, birds, and sea life. On the ground floor, the Irish Room or Irish Fauna exhibit contains animals native to Ireland. Next door contains the Mammals of the World from lemurs, apes, and monkeys to pangolins and tigers. If you’re traveling with kids, the museum offers activities and workshops for all ages to learn more about the animals of the exhibits.

National Museum of Ireland — Natural History directions and parking

Best way to get to the National Museum of Ireland — Natural History

National Museum of Ireland is located in East Dublin near Merrion Square. It can be accessed by car and bike by taking a left off of Merrion Row if you are coming from west of the Museum and by taking a left off of Fenian St if you are coming from the east. By public transport, take one of the several buses that stops off at Merrion Square West or Dublin City South.

 

Best parking near the National Museum of Ireland — Natural History

There is no parking at the Museum, but there is parking at the Dawson Street Q-Park located on School House Ln. and at the Setanta Place Q-Park on Setanta Place for a fee.

National Museum of Ireland — Natural History FAQs

Is there a coat or bag check?

There is neither a coat or bag check so make sure to plan ahead.

 

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

The Irish Fauna exhibit, Discovery Zone, gift shop, and restroom on the ground floor are the only areas of the Museum that are wheelchair accessible.

 

Are the bathrooms equipped with baby changing stations?

The downstairs bathroom near the Museum entrance has baby changing stations.