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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The beauty of this buildings interior almost overshadowed the displays of bog people and vikings. The ceramic door surrounds particularly are amazing. The multiple levels provides interest when you are finding your way around. The combination of the building and the displays make it a very worthwhile place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Fabulous museum. Beautifully laid out and organised. The staff, though not many of them, were more than happy to talk and explain about the displays. I really enjoyed my time there, and consequentlt spent twice as long as I had planned to.

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Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The restaurant is just a large open area with no atmosphere. Poor functional furniture. The food was not good. In fact it was unpleasant and most of my family left nearly all of it on their plates. Definitely will not be eating here again.

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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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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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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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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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