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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 6777444
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Type: History Museums
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... 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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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This museum is beautifully laid out and filled with many fascinating treasures. And you can't beat free admission!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Dubliners call this the dead museum. Its fantastic but very cold inside, so go rugged up. Very interesting and historical. Takes approximately 3 hours to go through.

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Leixlip, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

When visiting cities I often do not go to museums or galleries as all too frequently they say nothing about the city or country themselves. This museum contains lots of interesting artefacts from Ireland's past including Viking and Christian treasures (with some items feeling like the are from Indiana Jones), bog bodies and the precious jewellery of the Celtic people.... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I wouldn't make a special trip to see it but if you are in the center city of Dublin then spend an hour or so strolling though it. Helps give you a feel for Ireland and its history. The rather large deer (actually a member of the elk family, I believe) are pretty impressive!

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austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Even if you are not a history buff, this museum is well worth a detour to understand Ireland's past. The museum is not too big but one can zoom from prehistory to the Middle Ages with a detour through the Vikings era.But the best is the gold horde that has been found in various locations. And did I mention the... More

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Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Well preserved items dating back to Viking times. Very interesting history. Definitely a must see. Go at your own pace or guided tours are available.

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Parksville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Take the time to read all the display notes. These artifacts, some dating back 4,000 years, are truly worth our attention.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you like to visit museums, you will enjoy the visit to the Dublin Museum. There is a lot to see and read and will take you around 2-3 hours to complete the full tour. There are lot of interesting facts to keep you interested.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The Archaeology wing of the NMI is a superb, free entry, attraction that is essential viewing for everyone with even a passing interest in history and evolution of civilisation. Probably the most famous exhibit in the museum is the collection of 'bog bodies', found in the early 2000s. These near-perfectly preserved cadavers (still with shreds of clothing, jewellery, and full... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We spent a long time here learning about the archeology and history of Ireland before we toured the country. It really helped give us a framework of what we were going to see.

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