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Opening Hours, Location and Facilities

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History is located on Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Temporary closure

The National Museum of Ireland regrets that the Natural History site on Merrion Street, Dublin 2, will be closed to the public until further notice to facilitate ongoing works. You can get regular updates and news about the construction activity at the NMI - Natural History by following #DeadZooDiary on Twitter, which will be updated by Nigel Monaghan, the Keeper of Natural History and the diverse team involved in this project. Check the Museum website regularly and follow us on social media for further updates on the Museum reopening.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm

  • Sunday & Monday 1pm - 5pm

  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday


Free admission

Admission to all four sites of the National Museum of Ireland is free.


Ticketing

Visitors need to book a free ticket online in advance for the NMI - Natural History. This is to facilitate physical distancing guidelines and ensure we can accommodate a safe and enjoyable return of visitors to the Museum.


Gift shop

For gifts and toys for little monsters and big wildlife lovers alike, visit our the gift shop on the ground floor of the Museum.


Visitor information

Our knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist you with any questions you may have. You will find help and assistance, should you need it, at the Reception Desk on the ground floor at the main entrance.


Parking

There is no parking available on the Museum grounds.

  • On-street parking (pay by meter) is available immediately outside the Museum (Merrion Square).

  • The nearest public car parks are Dawson and Setanta Place.

  • There are public blue badge accessible parking spaces available outside the National Gallery on Merrion Square West, on the east side of Dawson Street, and the North and West side of St. Stephen's Green.


Cloakroom

Currently, there are no cloakroom facilities.


Toilets

An accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, next to the entrance. There are also toilets on the first floor, but these are not wheelchair accessible.


Parenting facilities

  • Baby changing facilities are available in the downstairs toilet facility, next to the Museum entrance.

  • It is possible to take pushchairs/strollers around the ground floor of the Museum (Irish Fauna exhibition), however please note there are no lifts to the first floor (Mammals of the World exhibition).

  • Pushchairs/strollers can be left at the Museum entrance at the Museum's discretion, but this is not always possible as there is limited space. Owners are responsible for pushchairs left unattended. Please contact the reception desk when you arrive for more information.


Luggage restrictions

As there are no cloakroom facilities, it is not recommended that large backpacks, bags, or suitcases are brought to the Museum.


Lifts and access to the galleries

  • The ground floor exhibition (Irish Fauna exhibition), Discovery Zone, Museum gift shop, and one restroom are wheelchair accessible

  • Please note there are no lifts to the first floor (Mammals of the World exhibition and Reading Room) and there is no wheelchair accessibility to the first floor

  • The second and third floors of the Museum are currently closed to the public


Accessibility

The Museum caters for visitors with varying abilities. Please visit the Accessibility section for more details.


Seating

Mobile stools are available upon request.


Lost property

If you are in the Museum, lost property queries can be made at the reception resk on the ground floor. Otherwise, please contact +353 1 6777444.


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Natural History

Natural History,
Merrion Street,
Dublin 2,
D02 F627

+353 1 677 7444