Natural History Museum (Ireland)

Natural History Museum (Ireland)

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Natural History Museum (Ireland)

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Ireland's Natural History Museum (), often called the Dead Zoo a branch of the National Museum of Ireland, is housed on Merrion Street in Dublin, Ireland. The museum was built in 1856 for parts of the collection of the Royal Dublin Society and building and collection were later passed to the Irish State.

The Museum's collection and building have changed little since Victorian times, and it is sometimes described as a "museum of a museum". A bronze statue of Surgeon-General Thomas Heazle Parke stands in front of the Victoria-era building.

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thumb|250px|right|GalleriesThe Irish Room, the ground floor of the museum, displays Irish animals, notably several mounted skeletons of Giant Irish deer. Numerous skulls of those and other deer line the walls, and many other specimens are not on display. Stephen Jay Gould did an extensive study of the specimens in the museum.Stuffed and mounted mammals, birds, fish — and insects and other animals native to or found in Ireland — comprise the rest of the ground floor. Many of the specimens of currently extant animals, such as badger, hare, and fox, are over a century old. A Basking shark hangs from this ceiling.On the next floor, the Lower Gallery contains mammals from around the world, including extinct or endangered species including a thylacine, a quagga, and a pygmy hippopotamus. The four higher galleries above are...
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