Collections-based Biology in Dublin
Public Programmes

Museum Exhibits

The Natural History Museum in Dublin is renowned for maintaining the integrity of its original Victorian exhibit design. This 'cabinet of curiosities' style lends it a reputation as a museum of a museum. However, the exhibits include some 10,000 objects on display, and the biological diversity represented is breathtaking.

CoBiD has facilitated temporary exhibits within the Natural History Museum galleries, showcasing research behind the scenes and bringing never-before-seen specimens into public view:

  • Cabinets of Curiosity (November 2005 - May 2006)
  • Fossils: Key to the Past (May 2006 - August 2006)
  • Crystal Creatures: Blaschka Glass Models (September 2006 - December 2006)

Several UCD Zoology courses make use of the comprehensive exhibits for undergraduate practicals (an excellent precursor to the more hands-on experience available in ZOOL 40060 - Museum Biodiversity Research). See the teaching section of this website for more.

In addtion, the Zoology Department maintains a small but interesting display collection of zoological specimens and models. These are housed in the Science Building on the UCD Belfield Campus. The Science Building is open normal working hours, Monday through Friday.

Please see the National Museum of Ireland website for more details on exhibitions and public programmes, or contact educationnh@museum.ie.