The Natural History Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland has three branches in Dublin and one in County Mayo, all with a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture and natural history. The Natural History Museum of Ireland is located on Merrion Square, in Dublin.
The Museum houses a comprehensive zoological collection and has changed little in over a century. Its 10,000 exhibits provide a glimpse of the natural world that has delighted generations of visitors since the doors opened in 1857. As the collection is unique in range and vintage, the exhibits are a product of their age, with faded and worn pelts and visible marks from bullets and rough taxidermy.
The Natural History building was built in 1856 to house the Royal Dublin Society’s growing collections, which had expanded continually since the late 18th century.