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Important information for visitors to NMI - Natural History

As only the ground floor of the National Museum of Ireland- Natural History is open, while our restoration works are ongoing, fire restrictions mean that our maximum visitor capacity at any one time is very limited.  

Visitors to the Museum, especially those with younger explorers, should be prepared to wait in a line outside. Unfortunately, this is an unsheltered area so we recommend that visitors dress appropriately for the weather.
If you are planning your visit for the Easter holidays, we would recommend visiting in the morning midweek as queuing times are significantly longer in the afternoons and at weekends. 
Outside of school holidays it is our experience that midweek is a relatively quiet time to visit.  

While staff will do their best to ensure that everyone gets to discover the Dead Zoo, we cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to visit, particularly at weekends, depending on queue size. 

We hope you will be patient with our staff during your wait or if it is not possible to visit the Museum on your chosen day. 

Group visits

We are not taking group bookings until after Easter.  

Please note we have two other museums in Dublin to explore:

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, which is five minutes' walk from NMI - Natural History; and the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History,  Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, which is 15 minutes away on the Luas Red Line, ‘Museum’ stop.

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