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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
As featured in 3 Days in Dublin and 1 other guide
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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 1 677 7444
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Definitely worth visiting. A little disappointed because really only see one open page of the actual book. Nice historical information however, and worth an hour to see. I... read more

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Kostas C
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely worth visiting. A little disappointed because really only see one open page of the actual book. Nice historical information however, and worth an hour to see. I strongly recommend getting online tickets before arriving (actually for any high tourist spots in Dublin like the Gaol as well).

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Have visited this msueum twice . Full of hsitoric items and each one is identified in detail. This museum is free to enter although donations are optional/ There is also ashop selling souvenirs and is in the heart of the city.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street has some excellent exhibits of early Irish gold work, religious treasures and Viking objects. There are well preserved bog bodies including Ralaghan Man. Of less interest to me, as they can be seen in other places, were the displays from Egypt, Cyprus and the Roman world. Old Irish costumes recovered from peat... More 

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I loved this place. Granted, my opinion is biased since I studied archaeology in school, but it's totally worth a visit. I spent hours in here. The exhibits were fantastic. Free is also nice :)

Thank Brittnee S
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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i didnt expect to see what i saw in there so it was a real bonus for me. my husband wasnt that keen but he was happy because i was .

Thank karenangel36
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved this place ! It's not the largest museum you will visit but it packs in a huge amount of history and archaeolgy. There is a lot to see and it is all very interesting and fascinating. The exhibits also include two "bog people". I liked that the cafe provides a cold water dispenser with some glasses nearby so... More 

Thank E3photographer
Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We couldn't believe the collection of ancient artifacts in this lovely museum. The bog bodies exhibit was fascinating, as was the Viking collection. This place is a must see and is centrally located (and free!)

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit and it's donation only so makes for a cheap place to go as well! Just beware that it's closed on Mondays, but otherwise you should make sure to check it out any other day of the week. It's not a huge museum, but the collection they do have is very nice! It's got... More 

Thank Emily M
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I love the museum as it displays many brilliant artefacts of Irish cultural heritage before attempts were made to degrade us and ethnically cleanse us by our nearest neighbours. We had a vibrant, talented and sophisticated population as evidenced by the many intricate items on display at the museum. Visitors get a chance to see and experience examples of real... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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Was a nice museum...interesting...glad I went...but a little lacking in it's depth. Does'nt take long for the full tour. Easily accessible location.

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