Dublin's 'Dead Zoo' Back Open...


Dublin's 'Dead Zoo' Back Open Following Refurb

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:11 2 Aug 2022

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Dublin's Natural History Museum is reopening its doors today after being shut for two years.

The ground floor of the much-loved attraction, nicknamed "The Dead Zoo", will be available to the public as work continues on the roof of the Merrion Street building.

Visitors will be able to see the Irish Animals, including the museum's iconic Giant Irish Deer, a selection of its Blaschka glass models and the Wonder Cabinet.

The team spent almost a year carefully packing and moving over twenty thousand specimens, including a full-size whale skeleton, to keep the items safe.

While the ground floor is reopening, the rest of the museum is a building site. The Office of Public Works has built a roof access platform underneath the glass ceiling to investigate the roof and understand the structure of the building, which is over 160 years old.

The work needed to fix the Victorian museum is expected to take some time and is part of a larger-scale refurbishment project of the entire building.

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