The Natural History Museum of Ireland
Natural History Museum of Ireland houses a comprehensive zoological collection and has changed little throughout history. Over 10,000 exhibits provide a glimpse of the natural world that has delighted generations of visitors since the doors opened in the early 19th century. As its collection is unique in range and vintage, the exhibits are a real product of their age. Faded and worn pelts, visible bullet marks and rough taxidermy.
The Museum’s collection and building have changed little since Victorian times, and it is sometimes described as a “museum of a museum” or called “the Dead Zoo”. Its enormous collection of stuffed beasts and carefully annotated specimens has barely changed
The museum has been used as a filming location for Victorian period dramas. These include episodes of “Ripper Street”, and “Penny Dreadful”.
What can you see in this Museum?
The Irish Room on the ground floor is filled with mammals, sea creatures, birds and some butterflies. All found in Ireland at some point, including the skeletons of three 10,000-year-old Irish elk.
The World Animals Collection has as its centerpiece the skeleton of a 20-meter long fin whale found beached in County Sligo. Evolutionists will love the line-up of orangutan, chimpanzee, gorilla and human skeletons on the 1st floor.
A new addition is the Discovery Zone, where visitors can do some first-hand exploring of their own. Handling taxidermy specimens and opening the exhibit drawers. Notables include a Tasmanian tiger, a giant panda, and several African and Asian rhinoceros.
The wonderful Blaschka Collection comprises finely detailed glass models of marine creatures.