The Natural History Trail Tour

Discover the highlights of the 10,000 animals on display during this introductory tour of the Natural History Museum.

School group on a guided tour looking at the Giant Irish Deer in the Museum

At the Museum

Important Information

All groups who are coming to the Museum must book their visit with the Bookings Office.

Tours and workshops must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Natural History Trail Tour

  • Discover how the giant Irish deer became extinct 10,500 years ago in Ireland
  • Examine the claws of a stuffed badger and smell a stinky pilot whale's skull
  • See one of the largest mammals in the world and investigate our whale baleen
  • Hear the tale of Irish Arctic Explorer, Sir Francis Leopold McClintock and the polar bear
  • Imagine that you are a Victorian scientist, which animals would you like to research and collect for your own Museum

Class level: 1st class to 6th class

Maximum 30 per group. Duration 45 minutes.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible. With advanced notification the tour can be adapted to take place on the ground floor only for groups with mobility issues.

Key Curriculum Strands

SESE Science, Geography and History

  • Investigating and experimenting
  • Living things
  • Environmental awareness and care
  • Human environments
  • Story
  • Life, society, work, and culture in the past

In the Classroom

Before your visit why not take a 3D virtual tour of the Natural History Museum in the classroom with your students.