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Watch Back: Conversations about the Dead Zoo

Zebra on display in the 'Mammals of the World' exhibition.

Watch back an online conversation with staff from the National Museum of Ireland to discover the secrets of looking after and unpacking Ireland’s oldest museum.

Known as the ‘Dead Zoo’, the building housing NMI - Natural History is over 165 years old, therefore, overseeing and planning the care for this unique building is complex and challenging. The building also is being prepared for large scale renovation, but before the work can commence, the museum’s historic taxidermy and internationally important scientific collections have to be moved out. During this online discussion with Education Officer, Siobhán Pierce, you can hear Aoife Hurley, (MRIAI) Head of Operations NMI, and Zoology Curator, Paolo Viscardi, discuss their fascinating work in packing up and protecting the ‘Dead Zoo’.

This talk was programmed as part of Open House 2021. It first took place as a closed YouTube live event on Friday, 15 October 2021. It originally aired live to a ticketed audience.


For more highlights about the collections at the Museum visit our online talk series 'Tales from the Decant'

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