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The Irish elk skeletons on display on the refurbished ground floor of the Natural History Museum of Ireland, nicknamed the Dead Zoo

The Irish elk skeletons on display on the refurbished ground floor of the Natural History Museum of Ireland, nicknamed the Dead Zoo

The Irish elk skeletons on display on the refurbished ground floor of the Natural History Museum of Ireland, nicknamed the Dead Zoo

THE Natural History Museum of Ireland, or as it’s been affectionately known to countless generations, The Dead Zoo (RTÉ1, Monday), is likely the only place you’ll ever hear someone bellow into their mobile phone: “I’ll call you back. I’m in the middle of moving a whale.”

For those of us born in the heart of Dublin, the wonderful listed building, home to 10,000 specimens, some dating back to the mid-19th century, is as emblematic of our city and its history as St Stephen’s Green or the Ha’penny Bridge.


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