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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 6777444
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is the national repository...
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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Very nice museum

Well designed exhibits at this component museum (there are a few other locations) of the National Museum that cover a large span of Irish history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Well designed exhibits at this component museum (there are a few other locations) of the National Museum that cover a large span of Irish history.

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Glenbeigh, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The title of the Museum doesn't excite, but the exhibits are awesome. There is a collection of gold collars that is impressive to say the least and the Battle of Clontarf exhibit is compact but very educational. The museum building itself is an absolute gem with original mosaic tile floors, decorative plaster work and spectacular Connemara Marble on the stairs.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I loved the older exhibits, the stuff that shows how "evolved" we were. It's presented in such a way that you can view it in a few hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This museum has a diverse collection that ranges from Egyptian to Viking antiquities. The Body in the bog collection is quite impressive and something a bit different. We spent about 2hrs wandering around the museum and enjoyed the experience. Definitely worth visiting if you're in Dublin.

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Hutto, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We were I pressed with the history of Irish in WW1 and their sacrifice. The other part was the inner workings of politics in that aspect of their history. The north/south politics in a pictorial was very interesting. Their sacrifice was enormous, but WE won!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The history of Ireland and Dublin as told through it's artifacts. While I was there, a terrific Viking exhibit was on display centered around the Battle of Clontarf. The best part? It's a free museum!

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West Jordan, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Very comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts that give you a very comprehensive view of ancient Ireland. So much to see. Give yourself a good hour or so(depending on your fascination with history). Highly recommended even if you don't like history. My wife is half Irish and Norwegian so the connections between Ireland and Vikings was great for her. There were... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The bog bodies were amazing to see, and the rest of the museum was worth a visit. And it was free, so there's that.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This museum contains some of the most important pre-Christian artifacts of early European civilisation. Carved stones, passage graves, polished stone axe heads, bog burials (we Irish never had much time for Kings), gold torques, broaches and bracelets are part of a continuity leading on to bog burials and passage graves. Viking long ships and high crosses come next. Only field... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A lot to see there in seven exhibition galleries, few hours needed at least. Very well presented, feels dramatic. There is no fee, so that's convenient for our family. Next time will be aming for a guided tour there.

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