Dublin’s Natural History Museum comes back to life after 2 years’ closure

 Thursday, August 4, 2022 

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The two years of closure weighed heavy on history lovers in Dublin as the Natural History Museum reopened finally after its refurbishment.

Paolo Viscardi, the Deputy Keeper of the Museum stated that it had been quite a big day for them. Finally, they opened the ground floor of the museum to the public.

The Natural History Museum authority is really happy to get back their visitors who have been missing the place. The museum remained closed for the last two years for significant refurbishment work.


The exhibits from the ‘Irish Room’ of the museum were all displayed. They include the Giant Irish Deer and a 150-year-old basking shark suspended from the ceiling.

The giant whale skeletons suspended from the glass ceiling had to be removed and placed in storage.

A giant steel and wooden platform now exists in the same place where used to be the whales hanging. The platform was built by the Office of Public Works to investigate the roof and understand the 160 year-old building’s structure.

The refurbishment of the Natural History Museum is a large scale project and is planned under the National Development Plan.


According to Mr. Viscardi, the Natural History Museum is a historical building. But, it did not undergo any significant work since its opening on the year 1857.

He also added that they wanted to make it s much accessible as possible. It is still an undergoing process and there are chances for disruption to the museum and its exhibits at present and in the future.

But, all the endeavours taken for its refurbishment will be worth it when every nook of the museum will be accessible to the visitors. It is all about having a building for the good of the public and its collections.

As the capacity of the building is limited, visitors will need to book their tickets in advance although there is no entry fee as such.

In a trip to this beautiful museum, tourists can also may a daytrip to some for the most highlighted destinations in the city such the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square and St. Stephen’s Green.


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