Just two years before Charles Darwin published his famous work, ‘The Origin of Species’, the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street was opened to the public for the first time in 1857. Now, as then, it educates and inspires, leaving us feeling small and humbled amidst the vast and wondrous diversity of life on display.
This museum of museums is famous for its Victorian cabinet style, which houses one of the world’s finest and fullest collections still to be seen today. Two million species, of which roughly half are insects, live side by side with, appropriately for a natural history museum, decorated and sculptured panels depicting mythological figures. This zoological museum encompasses outstanding examples of wildlife from Ireland and the far corners of the globe, some to be seen today and others long extinct.
Please note-Second floor of Museum is not wheelchair accessible.
Admission is free.
1 Jan – 31 Dec
MON 13:00 – 17:00 TUES 10:00 – 17:00 WED 10:00 – 17:00 THU 10:00 – 17:00 FRI 10:00 – 17:00 SAT 10:00 – 17:00 SUN 13:00 – 17:00
New Years Day closed St Patricks Day 10:00 – 17:00 Good Friday closed Easter Monday closed May Day closed June Holiday closed August Holiday closed October Holiday closed Christmas Day closed St Stephens Day 10:00 – 17:00
(subject to change)
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