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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 6777444
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Ranked #18 of 281 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Each subject is small, compared to huge museums but varied. There was good coverage of the Viking and Medieval periods and the prehistoric era. Suprisingly there was a nice exhibit of Egyptian artifacts. This museum winds through what looks like a very beautiful Victorian era building. Be sure to look at the mosaics on the floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I was actually surprised at the all the relics here - this is an excellent museum. It wasn't on our list of places to visit but glad we did. My husband could have easily spent a day looking at everything here.

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Switzerland
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A superb presentation of prehistoric Ireland with excellent displays and explanations. Love coming here to see the first floor displays as they are a fascinating look into a long disappeared culture.

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

At first we planned to skimmed through the place and move on to next museums as we wanted to conquer this museum area in one late afternoon. We couldn't. The museum is full of history and art facts. If you love hustory, you'll spend days here. Same for Archaeology buff and jewelry enthusiasts. We were none of the above, still... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We had toured Ireland for two weeks and visited the museum so we could see the actual artifacts from the places we had visited and had seen the replicas.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I first visited as part of a guided tour of Ireland. It was so fascinating, I ended up going back twice in the 5 days I stayed on in Dublin after my tour ended and not just because it's free and central. Others have cited some of the wonderful exhibits, so I won't repeat them. Just please, when you are... More

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Riverton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Since I have degrees in anthropology, this museum was one of the highlights of my trip. The original building was built as a typical "curiosity" 19th century repository. We spent hours there. there was Celtic gold and bog bodies. It was quite simply fabulous!

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this museum. Some of the information was hard for me to place, I should have gotten the audio guide. The Bog Bodies were not what I expected. If you enjoy buildings, this building is worth the trip. Stand back and imagine it without all the exhibits everywhere. The mosaic floors are amazing as are the carved doors and... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

If you are coming to Ireland and do not visit this museum, you are missing something significant. The artifacts here make very important to understand Irish and also human history. The place does not have a fee and is free admission. You will also be amazed by the amount of gold ornaments on display here. One of the best places... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Viking artefacts, gold torcs and other jewellery and many other archaeological finds from Ireland. I was exhausted from a full day of sight seeing by the time we got to this museum but I still felt compelled to view every exhibit and try to take it all in. Fascinating.

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