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Opening Hours, Location and Facilities

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

We are delighted to announce that following a closure for works, the ground floor only of the Natural History museum is now open. See our Reopening FAQs for further details.

Opening hours:

Free admission

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

Gift shop

Visit our gift shop online

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.


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.


Currently, there are no cloakroom facilities.


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 first, second and third floors of the Museum are currently closed to the public


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


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