National History Museum
The National History Museum or 'The Dead Zoo' as it is known as has an array of animals it also has a total collection of two million scientific specimens.
- The National History Museum or the 'Dead Zoo' is Free to all Visitors
- Open 1pm to 5pm Monday & Sunday
- Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
- Specialises in sub-collections for zoology, geology and botany.
- The best way to see all free attractions in Dublin is on the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
National History Museum
The museum is located on Merrion Street which is a 2-min walk from the National Gallery of Ireland
In 1856 the Royal Dublin Society's collection was growing and needed a place to house its collection. Leske's collection was one of the largest in Europe of natural history and this collection was bought by the Society in 1792. The collection was expnaded by travelling all over Ireland and even ventured internationally where he even visited Greenland during the expansion of the collection.
The Irish Room
On the ground floor of the museum you will find a collection of the skeletons and skulls of dead animals. There is a basking shark that hangs from the ceilling and many skeletons of Irish deer. Along with other deer artefacts there are also insects and other animals that can be found in Ireland and also ones that are native to Ireland along with other mammals, birds and fish. There are animals there that are over a century old including well-known ones such as badgers, foxes and hares.
On the first floor of the museum displays mammals that are from all over the world that wouldn't be seen in Ireland. You can explore the species of the world that are endangered or extinct. Many of the species thar are mounted were either donated or bought from the Royal Zoological Gardens in Dublin.
OTHER FREE ATTRACTIONS ALERT
The Hop-on Hop-off Tour will drop you on Merrion Street Upper which is right beside the Archaeological Museum of Ireland
Also at Merrion Street Upper is Leinster House.
On Nassau Street is the National Library and Trinity College where the Book of Kells is located.
St. Stephen's Green and across the road is the Little Museum (free with a Hop-on Hop-off Ticket)
At Cork Hill is Dublin Castle home to Chester Beatty Library
At the Royal Hospital there is IMMA which is the Museum of Modern Art
On Sarsfield Quay is the Decorative Arts and Hisotry Museum at Collins Barracks.
This glorious Victorian building houses an eclectic collection of ancient and modern exhibits. It includes fabulous blown-glass representations of sea slugs and anemones. The building is under renovation, so only the ground floor is currently open, but it occupied a busy 45 minutes for two five year old and their more mature family.
Entry is free but must be booked on-line.
I'm so looking forward to returning when the user floors and galleries are restored.
Known till Dubliner's as the Dead Zoo, it has been a family favourite since my childhood in the 1960