In Dublin: Natural History Museum

It’s that time again! This is the third Natural History post on my blog, can you tell I like them? If you want, check out my posts on Berlin’s NHM or London’s NHM.  PhoebeGill150205009This is probably one of my favourite places in Dublin City Centre. This unassuming building houses some really impressive specimens and is a perfect way to spend some time!


These beautiful Giant Irish Deer are the first things you see when you walk in the door. It is amazing to think these were roaming Irish lands all those years ago! The entrance level are the speices that are native to Ireland.PhoebeGill150205022This museum is one long building with four stories. The third and fourth levels are closed because they do not comply with safety regulations and will need government funding to ever open again…so you may not want to hold your breath to see upstairs.PhoebeGill150205032The building was built in 1856 and it opened in 1857. There are 10,000 specimens on show in the natural history museum and they are amazing to see.

PhoebeGill150205065I love that the museum has these glass cabinets, they are beautiful and house the collection so well.

This free museum has so much more to see and do, I definitely recommend you drop in and see for yourself, Dublin’s impressive collection and learn about the amazing creatures.

Happy Travel


In London: The Natural History Museum

If you have seen my Berlin Natural History Museum post you will know I really love Natural History Museums, it is my guilt free zoo and I really like walking around and seeing what wonderful creatures inhabit or inhabited this planet.


As I have said previously, the buildings these fantastic collections house are utterly beautiful. This building has details which are so gorgeous and subtle I urge you to look up and on the arches because you will find some of the most stunning details. The main hall is just wonderful. Once again there is a dinosaur in the foyer with a lot of other wonderful finds dotted around the room.PhoebeGill141213101This building is huge and I am sure what is on display is just a fraction of what is actually kept in this building. There are lots of different routes you can take and it will take a good three hours if you are walking around to each room and taking in information.

PhoebeGill141213079-2There are so many amazing specimens! It is amazing walking around and looking at a mould of ancient dinosaurs, irish elk antlers, a pangolin, so many different types of marine, land, rock collections that are just fascinating!PhoebeGill141213081There were some things I noticed; there is a lot crammed into some rooms and very little in others. The rest of the specimens are in the hallways. It seems that the space that is used has been condensed in some areas which makes it very difficult to read signs or take in what is in the room. It is sometimes not the most clear if you have been down a corridor before or not. I will say you wont be stuck for a bite to eat or buying a trinket. There seems to be a restaurant crammed into a good few areas and multiple gift shops that I think are a little unnecessary.

PhoebeGill141213096I also feel I missed things, which is something that irks me greatly! I also want to see where the preparation rooms are and the collection rooms and stuff like that. I know obviously that is impossible because the collection would be ruined but still there are so many doors I want to go through!

This building and collection are fascinating, it must be hard with such an expansive collection to organise and to try to make money when admission is free but there are some things that I just found irritating.PhoebeGill141213098There is so much to see in the museum I really recommend going if you have some time or want to go. Off peak season on a hot summers day might give you an emptier museum and remember to wear a good pair of shoes. They have some great specimens, information and it is worth it.

Happy Travels!

In Berlin: Museum für Naturkunde

pmgill_20121118_0002I have always loved Natural History Museums, there is something about them, the one in Dublin is not that big but it has a great selection of animals. There is something amazing about walking through and seeing when these animals had been studied and taken note of. I was excited to go to the natural history museum in Berlin as it’s one of the best things to do according to TripAdvisor. It is 3 euro for a student so really affordable!pmgill_20121118_0004The Rooms:

The main room is always some sort of amazing dinosaur! It’s a given that, that is what you will find. The main room is big and airy and it houses some amazing fossils. The second room I entered was where the biodiversity wall was and may I say this is amazing, they are all so wonderfully preserved and it is amazing to see animals big and small on this one giant wall. There is the wet room, there is a huge collection of preserved animals in jars, it’s eery but it’s absolutely incredible! There is so many rows and it’s just really cool that you can walk all around it.pmgill_20121118_0001pmgill_20121118_0003Keep in mind that there are a few more rooms to explore! So get going!

I really recommend you go! It’s really cool there are so many things to see and the animals and artefacts are so well preserved. It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours!

Happy Travels!