Free entry to the Natural History Museum & Free Guidebook

National Museum Of Ireland - Natural History

  • National History Museum
  • National History Museum
  • National History Museum

Dublin Pass Benefits: Free Natural History Museum Guidebook 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the museum is closed until Tuesday to facilitate repairs.

Ireland's Natural History Museum, sometimes known as 'the museum's museum' opened its doors in 1857, only two years before Charles Darwin published his famous work 'the Origin of Species'. The zoological museum presents victorian cabinet style interiors that create character whilst displaying the world's finest collections, comprising of over two million specimens across zoology, biology and geology.

Explore various exhibitions, from mammals of the world and Irish Fauna to seasonal activities, public guided tours, to various workshops for you and your family. The museum enables a very interactive way of exploring, learning and engaging, perfect if you want to get stuck and make the most out of your visit.


  • Collections
  • Exhibitions
  • Seasonal activities
  • Public tours
  • Statue of Thomas Heazle Parke
  • Explore and learn workshops


Did you know:

- The National History museum is sometimes nicknamed the 'dead zoo'

- It was first opened to the public for the first time in 1857

- The museum contains two million species, with approximantly half of those being insects

- The musesum is famous for its 'Victorian cabinet style' which makes showcasing collections easier and more visually appealing

- The Natural History Museum is a branch from the National Museum of Ireland, the other three branches are Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History, and Country Life.

- The museum has a mascot, a giraffe called Spotticus. He arrived to Dublin in 2003 and is a subspecies of a giraffe thats endangered in Africa. You can even speak to him via his twiiter account!

- The botanical collections of the Museum were transferred to the National Botanic Gardens in 1970

Things to see:

Natural History Collections

With over two million specimens across zoology and geology there is plenty for you to see, with the insect collection being the largest, making up almost half of the collection.

Statue of Thomas Heazle Parke

Situated just outside the museum you'll find the statue of Thomas Heazle Parke guarding the entrance, the Irish doctor, explorer and naturalist.

The Irish Room

As an Ireland tourist it could be of interest to visit the room which is solely dedicated to a variety of mammals, fish, birds and insects that are native to Ireland. Including a 10,000-year-old Irish elk that greets you as you enter.

See full list of exhibitions by visiting

How to get there:

By Bus:

7 from O'Connell Street to Merrion Square North - then a short 3 minute walk

61 to Dublin City South, Upr Merrion Street

38a to Stephen's Green, Huguenot Cemetery - 4 min walk to museum

46a to Trinity College, Northern Irelan Tourist Board - 7 min walk to museum


incl. bank holidays
Monday 13.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 13.00 - 17.00

Closed: Good Friday and Christmas Day

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Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland


+353 1 6777444