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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
01-677-7444
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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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Urbana, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

What a beautifully curated collection this is--housed in a gem of a Victorian building opened in 1890. Neolithic artifacts, the Irish gold collection, the artifacts of Viking Dublin, the religious treasures of Catholic Ireland--all amazing. There is so much to see and many things presented in such a way as to interest children or aimed at the younger set. And... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Our children ( 11 and 6 ) loved the museum. Our 6 year do was very curious about all of the displays especially the mummies.

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Maldon, Victoria, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Some museums (Louvre, Guggenheim) are too big to see more than a small fraction of their offerings. The Archeology Museum is a good size to see everything in around two hours or less and has a wide range of displays and information. A short walk around to the Natural History Museum to see a real 19th century museum would complete... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Like all great museums this one is free and really critical to understanding Ireland's past. From bog bodies to the Tara Brooch to Brian Boru to medieval working lives, the museum has it all. I learned the importance of the Viking invasions, rituals of kingship, the gold hoards, and the amazing intricate metalworking that took place long before modern factories... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The exhibits here are fascinating. Just seeing up close the huge canoe hewn out of a solid piece of oak around 4000 bc was incredible, as were the Celtic solid gold artefacts. Everything was carefully displayed, and there was a wide range We finished our visit with a delicious snack from the cafe,rounding off a great afternoon

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

located in a magnificent historical building near downtown . No fees requested. no foods or drinks allowed . Photographs at limited parts . Full bilingual information at each site . giving views of ancient Ireland ,some corps jewelry and uniforms .a separate section about ancient Egypt and other cultures . ground and 1st. floor connected by stairs.. Cafeteria and souvenir... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Visited the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology while in the area and was absolutely amazed. Not only was I blown away by the beautiful building, but it's jam-packed with so many exhibits. Very impressed and would recommend anyone visiting Dublin to pop in.

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Ballinrobe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

A wonderful museum with so much history and wonderful artifacts. The building itself is interesting and if you want a history of Ireland this is the place to put at the top of the list.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Amazing exhibits from different eras.......Vikings are well covered and beautiful gold jewellery on display. Excellent for families, especially if the weather is not good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I thought I knew about the Bronze Age, the Vikings, ancient gold and the early Church. Today blew away all my preconceived ideas! The range of artefacts is simply stunning, the layout clear and helpful, the objects beautiful and the explanatory boards among the best I've seen. We learnt so much today and couldn't drag ourselves away until near to... More

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