DUBLIN.- The National Museum of Ireland
announced that its Natural History site in Merrion Street has welcomed over 1 million visitors since it re-opened in April 2010 - almost 300,000 visitors a year. Many members of the public have commented on how pleased they are to visit and re-visit Natural History either as individuals, in school groups or with family. In addition, the number of tourists visiting has also contributed to the increase as well as the fact that admission to the museum is free.
The museum, known familiarly to many visitors as the Dead Zoo, was built in 1856 as the museum of the Royal Dublin Society. In state hands since 1877, it is a traditional cabinet style museum that has changed little in over a century.
The Director of the National Museum, Raghnall Ó Floinn, welcomed the news, stating: The extraordinary number of visitors to the Natural History Museum since it reopened would be the envy of many museums internationally. It is a well-loved institution that holds a special place in the hearts of visitors of all ages.
Commenting on the increase, Nigel Monaghan, Keeper, Natural History said: We are delighted to have achieved over 1 million visitors in this short period. This museum has its own charm and attracts many family, school and group visitors alike many come back for second and third visits and we hope this trend will continue.
Admission to the National Museum of Ireland and its Exhibitions is Free.