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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 6777444
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Dublin Freedom Pass: Transport and Sightseeing
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Ranked #19 of 290 Attractions in Dublin
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland and home to over two million artefacts. Permanent Exhibitions: Our exhibitions include the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in western Europe, outstanding examples of metalwork from the Celtic Iron Age and the Museum’s world-renowned collection of medieval ecclesiastical objects and jewellery. The Treasury: Ór - Ireland's Gold, Prehistoric Ireland, Kingship and Sacrifice, Viking Ireland, Medieval Ireland, Ancient Egypt, Ceramics and Glass from Ancient Cyprus, Life and Death in the Roman World. There is also a number of Temporary Exhibitions taking place.
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Situated just next to parliament, the museum is in a wonderful space, if it's a little underutilized. The exhibits are nice but leave you wanting more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Lovely museum - spent about 2 hours going round everything. Had lots to see and well set out. Spent a very educational morning here.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Great to visit this place. Nice to pop in and explore. Great way to spend a couple of hours out of the rain!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This museum is a must-see on any Dublin trip. It has an amazing collection of artifacts. You'll need at least 2 to 4 hours to spend there.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I had my niece and nephew over the weekend and I decided what better way for them to see history then to see it in all it's glory. The museum is located just beside Leinster house or Dáil Éireann. Firstly the scale of the building is quite large and architecturally ornate. You walk into the Stone Age, then Bronze Age,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We did the self tour. The bog people exhibit was our favorite .Very unique to Ireland. Really interesting history that s ongoing..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Incredible exhibits of Celtic & Early Christian Ireland including Iron Age, Viking & Roman era items with a large collection of beautiful gold jewelry. The "Treasury" exhibit is extraordinary. Also excellent exhibits of Ancient Egypt & Cyprus. After a couple hours you can take a food or drink break in a clean cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Was not on top of my to-do list, but was a must-see in the Rick Steves guide, so I went. Glad I did. Was able to cover it in 90 minutes and the exhibits were interesting and informative. The Tara Brooch and other jewels were excellent (look at the details) and the museum was a manageable size. Also a short... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Very good exhibition of beautifully worked gold jewellery from hundreds of years BC. Also preserved remains of bodies found in the peat bogs from many hundreds of years ago.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I won't waffle on in negative nagging, as I am quite sure plenty of folk find this gallery a lovely spot, but I, I found it too big and too loud. The Hugh Lane is simply splendid.

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