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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
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The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is the national repository for...

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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Beautiful collection, truly enjoyable

I would highly recommend this museum. Very informative with a great variety of items from the earliest history of Ireland on up. Bog bodies, Irish metalworking, early Christian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Monica M
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a free museum. They have a good collection of artifacts from early Irish civilizations, many items that I have never seen elsewhere. We spend about 45 minutes there.

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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having been to Egypt and seen my fair share of mummies, I have to say that I really enjoyed the ones recovered from Ireland's bogs displayed in the museum. It's a small museum, so you need only an hour or two to see everything in there. Also, keep in mind that they do not have air conditioning, so if you... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would highly recommend this museum. Very informative with a great variety of items from the earliest history of Ireland on up. Bog bodies, Irish metalworking, early Christian Items, a Viking history and artifacts, The Cross of Cong, the Tara Brooch, and many more. The best surprise is the stunning architecture of the building itself, it is just beautiful. And... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We first learned of this museum from Rick Steve's Ireland book as highly recommended. We only have couple of days in Dublin and managed to squeeze it in, it was well worth the time and effort. They have many interesting ancient items related to early Ireland. There is even a small Egyptian collection. Highly recommended for the whole family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't have nearly enough time to fully explore the many exhibits - recommend at least a couple of hours - but Ireland's early history is beautifully displayed with many galleries and fantastic artifacts to see. It was a little crowded, and there were no lockers left for us to stash shopping bags, etc., so early arrival might be a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very nice museum. Could spend many hours there. Something for everyone in the family. Nice rainy day activity (and there are few rainy days in Ireland.)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Be sure to check out the treasury - amazing and beautiful objects. The museum gives a good history of Ireland from pre-historic through medieval times. Learned a lot. Spent about 3 hours there - saw a lot but not everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So, I was wandering around in Dublin while waiting for my boyfriend who was at work and I decided to go in. Very nice surprise. Not only is free, but it is very informative and quite critical about some facts of Irish history. Rare objects and a lot of learning. If in Dublin, go check it out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Some nice little finds in regards to Vikings which is what we wanted to look at Was free to get in so worth a Wee lookie Kids found it a little boring so keep that in mind

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Prehistoric to medieval, which is my area of interest. Self-guided, free admission. Very, very difficult to drive in the area, even on streets that were supposed to be open. Parking is scarce. Extensive gift shop & reasonably priced cafe.

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