Earlier this month myself and some of my friends paid a visit to Dublin’s Natural History Museum. Sans Dinosaurs, it had seemingly everything. As you walked into the first room, you were greeted by skeletons of Ancient Irish Elk that lived about 7,700 years ago at the latest and let me tell you, those things were HUGE. They were the same size as a modern moose at the very least and their antlers were terrifying. about the size of manholes, with spikes. The wingspan must have been 6 feet or something. There were more Elk skulls and antlers on the walls and there were even bigger and sharper ones. Imagine seeing them charge you. I don’t even want to think about it. The rest of the room was filled with stuffed animals, bugs, crustaceans, fish etc. Pretty much every kind of common woodland or ocean animal was in there.
In the second room upstairs, there were more exotic animals. Monkeys, apes, seals, lions, bats etc. They had plaster models of a hippo, walrus, and giraffe. They also had a stuffed Tasmanian Wolf, which are now extinct, so that was cool to see. Another animal that was kind of funny is what the staff call the “smiling hedgehog.” It’s just a normal stuffed hedgehog, but the way it was made makes it look like its smiling. There were upper levels as well, but they were closed when we went.
It was a really cool museum and had some really awesome specimens. The only thing that could have made it better was dinosaurs. But hey, what are you gonna do?
poor quality pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/101552135@N08/sets/72157638207124104/