One of our very favourite museums in Dublin for kids is The Natural History Museum or as it’s affectionately known locally, ‘The Dead Zoo’.
There is no entrance fee to the museum. The museum is an old-world style ‘cabinet-style’ museum designed to showcase it’s wonder-filled zoological collection and has changed little in over a century allowing you to step back in time and delight in its very curious collections with a lot of unique animals native to Ireland within it’s walls.
The Giant Irish deer skeletons found at the entrance of the Museum are some of the most famous and distinctive animals on display. Their enormous antlers spanning 3.5 meters are a sight to behold for children and adults alike. The Irish Room on the ground floor is dedicated to animals native to Ireland, featuring a variety of mammals, birds, fish, and insects.
On the upper floor you will find an elephant, polar bear, lions, an array of monkeys, apes and lemurs which make up the ‘Mammals of the World’ collection. Other popular favourites include Spoticus the giraffe (our favourite!) and a 20-metre long whale skeleton.
The Discovery Zone within the Museum gives adults and children a unique chance to get to grips with a Badger and a Pilot Whale skull.
Admission is free and for the young explorer or the history hunter, The Dead Zoo is a unique experience right at the heart of Dublin City. Always a family favourite, make it top of your list when looking for fun and free things to do in Dublin with kids.
The Natural History Museum, Dublin (Aka, The Dead Zoo)
Families, Children, Adults
Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2
+353 1 6777444