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“Decorative Arts Plus a Lot of History” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 6777444
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Dublin Freedom Pass: Transport and Sightseeing
Ranked #13 of 378 things to do in Dublin
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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 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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“Decorative Arts Plus a Lot of History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Take the modern LUAS tram from center city to the Michael Collins Barracks (itself a piece of Irish history). This free museum has many rooms of very high level displays-- Irish room design and furnishings, Irtish silver, etc., as well as a vivid section on Irish military history including the 1916 Rising and the civil war. Well worth the trip for anyone interested in a deeper view of this fascinating nation and culture.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Not something i take particular interest in but my boyfriend dragged me along, there was loads of interesting displays although some had interactive devices which didn't work.

Visited August 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“A must when in Dublin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

There are a few Museums in Dublin and this is one of my favorites its has many floors full of interesting histories. There are many artifacts on display from many periods of history.

Visited February 2013
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“excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Small but comprehensive. Don't bother with the minuscule Egyptian and non Irish collections if your time is brief. Their unparalleled bog artifact collection and explanatory notes are wonderful. I would have loved to linger further over their brooches. Too bad they have no truly good reproductions of torques or broaches in their somewhat cluttered "gift shop"

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful treasures to behold!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This museum contains many of the archaeological treasures that have been found throughout the island of Ireland. Many of them are breath-taking in their detailed craftsmanship. I especially liked the exhibits that focused on pieces made in Ireland and how Irish art was influenced by other cultures. (There are exhibits on Roman and Egyptian art as well, worth looking at, but these collections are small compared to major museums in Europe and U.S.) If you want to see the beautiful artifacts that were excavated from places like the Hill of Tara, this is where you'll find them! (And if you have a teenage boy around, they'll enjoy the "Kingship and Sacrifice" exhibit--two words: Bog Bodies). A must see for anyone who enjoys ancient art.

Visited August 2013
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