Walking through the doors of this beautiful old building and the childhood memories come flooding back. The National Museum has done a wonderful job at repair works in resent years to try and bring this wonderful collection of our natural world and one of our finest public buildings back from the brink of decay. The collection is as extensive as I remember and as fascinating to today's kids as it was to us. It is a pity that the repair and upgrade works to the upper levels aren't as advanced which meant we couldn't access the upper walkways and the exhibits there in. It is a credit to the State that our National Museums and their collects are free to access to all and I for one certainly didn't mind placing a donation in the collection box at the front door so that future generations can continue to enjoy such a wonderful resource too.
Some really interesting stuff here. But this place has suffered from years of neglect and underfunding. It shows: most displays are rather frayed wooden cabinets from what seems like the early sixties; the different sections of species and phyla also look more like something lifted straight from a warehouse- chaotically set out and swallowing up too much area for the space available. This lends a slightly quixotic air to proceedings, like the random collections of some mid-nineteenth century eccentric. All that being said, some impressive spectacles for the kids who are a lot more forgiving of poor proportionality and design than us jaded adults. Support them anyway- and write for funds!
Perfect for small kids. Lovely, professional staff. How does a public building have no lift though. Seriously. Obviously its a listed building, and a crumbling one at that. Is a lack of a lift discrimination though? Such a shame. And there's a beautiful playground across the road, a ton of delicious places to eat on its doorstep and the clearly well funded national art gallery next door, which has a plethora of lifts, toilets and facilities for people with disabilities. I really want to give the natural history museum more than 5 stars but I can't get over the lack of basic facilities for disabled people.
Such a cool experience. A great day out for both adults and children, and it's free in. Win win 😊 It has a very chilled out vibe. The displays are stunning and very educational, if that's what you're into. Although, I think, you won't get way without learning something new. On the ground floor you get to see native Irish animals and upstairs they take it global...with elephants and Buffalo and even the skeleton of a blue whale. It is one of my favorite museums in Dublin. I could stroll in for 10 minutes out of the rain or 2 hours reading about all the displays, and still spot something different the next time I go back. In my opinion, well worth a visit.
Fascinating and well explained presentations of archeological artifacts about Ireland. I had no idea that the island had been occupied that far back in time. You'll see treasures, weapons, clay vessels, and religious artifacts abound. It's a must see if you're in Dublin. The price is great - free! And the staff are informative and will gladly share their knowledge.