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Meet some of the most amazing creatures on the planet!

Visit Dublin’s best kept secret - the Zoological Museum. Meet some of the most amazing creatures on the planet!  Suitable for all the family. Don’t miss the tragic tale of Ireland’s Last Great Auk (extinct 1844), only a handful of these beautiful birds survive in museums today. Meet Prince Tom the ‘Royal’ elephant who travelled the world with Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred.

Have your photograph taken through the jaws of a Great White Shark! Admire the world - renowned delicate glass artworks of sea creatures crafted by father and son team Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in the 19th century.

Keep clear of the giant Gavial: Is it as fierce as it looks?

Hold one of the world’s strangest teeth: what animal do you think it’s from?

Look out for the Tasmanian Wolf: Is it really extinct?

Look who’s coming to dinner: Parasites from around the world

Highlights include:
  • The Great Auk: Extinct 1844 largely as a result of predation by man. Presented to Trinity College in 1834. Captured off the Waterford coast. Last one seen alive in Ireland. Flightless. See display board in cabinet for more details. Only about 20 mounted specimens worldwide. Important to read further on this specimen as it is the main attraction in the collection and the only one in Ireland.
  • Tasmanian Wolf:  The Tasmanian Wolf was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it has been described as a formidable predator because of its ability to survive and hunt prey in extremely sparsely populated areas. It is thought to have become extinct in the 1930’s.
  • Blaschka glass models of marine life:19th century collection of the world - renowned glass models of marine life made by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka.
  • Prince Tom: Fully mounted skeleton of the legendary elephant ‘Prince Tom’. In 1871, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and son of Queen Victoria was presented with a gift of a young elephant from Jang Bahadur of Nepal. The elephant, affectionately known as ‘Prince Tom’, accompanied the Prince on his journey to New Zealand becoming a source of huge interest and publicity.
  • Our 3 ‘M’s: Skeletal remains of the extinct Mammoth, Mastodon and Moa.

Visitor Information

Open June 1 to August 31, 2020

Daily 10:30 - 16:00 (including Weekends and Bank Holidays)

Contact Details

The Zoological Museum
The Zoology Building, Trinity College Dublin

T: +353 (0)1 896 1366
W: www.tcd.ie/zoology/museum

Closed: September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018

Last Admission: 15:45

Approx. visit duration: 45 minutes

Admission Prices 2017

Adult: €3.00
Child (aged 3-11): €2.00
Toddler (aged 0-2): Free

Groups (minimum 8 people): €2.00 per person

Other Useful Information

Information guides available in English.

Not available on museum site, but a variety of restaurants and coffee facilities are available a short distance away on the campus. 

No gift shop at museum.

No parking on-site; use nearby Dublin City car parks.

Toilets are available but facility is not available to wheelchair users due to the age of the building. One flight of stairs takes you to museum (no lift available).

Group rates available (minimum 8 people). Advance booking is required. Group Tours are also available on request, by pre-arrangement, at an extra cost.


  • 2013 – Care of Collections Award. Heritage Council of Ireland.
  • 2013 – Interim Accrediation Award. Museum Standards programme for Ireland.
  • 2015 – Full Accrediation Award. Museum Standards programme for Ireland.

Map Location

The Zoological Museum is located on the campus of Trinity College in the heart of Dublin City. Located in the Zoology Building at the east end of college. See location maps at all main entrances to the college.

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