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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 6777444
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Ranked #12 of 217 Attractions in Dublin
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is the national...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

The museum is smaller than what I expected for a national museum, but then again this is down to the fact that the national museum collections are split between several buildings located in different locations in Dublin. There are beautiful jewels from the ancient times and the middle ages from Ireland, also some imported archaeology from Egypt and Cyprus, but... More 

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FLAT ROCK
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

The title of the museum didn't exactly excite us to visit but there was a special exhibit on the Battle of Clontarf and also an extensive collection of gold pieces from early Irish history periods. Very beautiful and informative.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This museum has a bit of everything, from Stone Age findings to Egyptian mummies and Middle Age garments. Wonderful and inspiring exhibition. The only thing missing is the story behind the exhibits... E.g. Instead of "two gold bracelets" I would expect a bit more information in the description tag.

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a must-see for any visitor to Ireland who wants to understand the ancient history and culture of the people who came to this island. Everything is beautifully presented and descriptions are concise and readable. Nice coffee shop onsite to rest your legs and satisfy your appetite.

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Burlington, Vermont
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is a well designed, beautifully curated museum. The sheer number of displays to view is amazing- you need at least a few hours to do the museum justice.

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Thorpe Market, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

Just amazing. Saw objects that I'd only seen in books. Bronze spear heads, swords, axes & horns - incredible! Trip coincided with a Viking exhibition - great. Preservation of leather items & wood - gave a really good insight into life long ago. Not the largest of museums, but packed with interesting things. Worth a visit, especially on a rainy... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed spending an hour or so wandering through here, very interesting exhibits, and comprehensive notes. A good place for an indoor activity on a cold and windy day

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We had a most fantastic your here from a member of the very understaffed educational department Jennifer O Mahoney. Our tour was of Or Ireland gold from Stone Age times. Jennifer brought the collection to life and she was an absolutely brilliant speaker. Erudite yet also able to translate the finding from the works into a very immediate understanding of... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Great artifacts and well spaced. Spent under 2 hours and felt I saw a lot and got a lot of good, interesting, historical information. I would return, and I would bring people here. The gift shop...underwhelming...there is a lot of potential there if they wanted to run it as a business... it seems like an afterthought, as if they felt... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Visited during a weekday, and ended up spending 4.5 hours totally enthralled by the displays. The safe is also worth a visit, but avoid lunchtime when the school groups are in!

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