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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 1 677 7444
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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Great free museum

If you are into archaeology then I would definitely recommend this museum. It is free and the lower floor looks at the ancient settlement of Ireland. There are various stone and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into archaeology then I would definitely recommend this museum. It is free and the lower floor looks at the ancient settlement of Ireland. There are various stone and jade artifacts and a really good display of gold items. There are good explanations for all of the displays in both English and Gaelic. There are a few mummified... More 

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County Wicklow, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As this is one of the free museums, I stop in now and again. It is well worth a visit. Beautiful setting, nice layout.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a typical "stuffed" animal museum, but well done and interesting. I "stumbled" on it at the end of my day as I was walking back to my hotel. Glad I did. Great museum for kids of all ages.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is inside a beautiful old building which in itself makes the trip worth it. Inside, the layout of the old building creates a very open atmosphere. It's hard to get a feel of which direction. One should walk. We walked clockwise and fortunately found it to be the chronological correct direction. The old stone age and bronze age... More 

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see and it's free entry. The Bog Bodies are amazing well worth a visit. Really interesting museum with lots to see and very informative staff. Also a cafe and gift shop. I would definitely recommend a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As soon as you step into this building you are impressed with the modern design and layout.Certainly worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this museum! It is really big and I underestimated the amount of time I needed to see and appreciate everything. I hope I get to make it back one last time before I leave Dublin! It is my favorite museum in Dublin.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum with a lot of very impressive items and artifacts. The best of all? It is all for free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't expect a large collection of paintings but do expect beautiful art.There is no cost to get in and you could see the gallery in as little as 30 minutes or you could take your time and really appreciate the beautiful art work.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a donation only museum, this is a great place, has stunning exhibits of gold and bronze work , very ancient. Had the well preserved bog bodies, and lots of Irish history. I do think they should charge admission, I am sure the revenues will be needed to maintain and update. IF you have any interest in history, this is... More 

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