Tips for Visiting

Natural History Museum - Upper Floor

Plan ahead: use this information to help you plan your trip ahead of time.


Visits take on average one to two hours. The Museum is usually less crowded on weekdays. You should also check that the Museum is open on the day you intend to visit - see Opening Hours.

Getting Here

Avoid the hassle of bringing the car into the city centre - see Find Us for directions and transport options.


Dublin’s climate is very changeable, so come prepared for all seasons! Weather Forecast for DublinLinks to external website


While there is no Cafe at the Museum of Natural History, you can take a break for lunch at the NMI - Archaeology Café just around the corner on Kildare Street, at various restaurants and cafe's on nearby Baggot St, Nassau St. or Grafton St, or bring a picnic and enjoy in St Stephens Green or Merrion Square. 

Do not touch

It is a natural response to want to touch things, however, the Museum has to discourage this as the cumulative effects of abrasion, grease and sweat can result in irreparable damage to the objects.

There are some touchable exhibits within the Museum in the Discovery Zone. Please ask a staff member or attendant to help you locate these.

Mobile Phone Use

To ensure a pleasant environment for all visitors, please refrain from using your mobile phone inside the Museum.

Photography Policy

Hand-held cameras may be used in the galleries however the use of flash, video cameras, tripods and other digital equipment is not permitted.

Photographs taken in the galleries can only be used for personal use. Commercial use of any kind is not permitted.

For permission in relation to filming, please contact Rights & Reproductions Office at 003531 - 6486473 or


Check the Calendar of Events for the day that you plan to visit - there may be tours or workshops that you can take part in. 
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