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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
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+353 1 677 7444
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Everyone should see our treasures

This is well worth a visit. We were delighted by the treasures that were on view. To see these national treasures so close up is amazing. I think it should compulsory for every... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is well worth a visit. We were delighted by the treasures that were on view. To see these national treasures so close up is amazing. I think it should compulsory for every school to attend at some stage. lovely visit will be back

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Pembroke, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not an archeology affacionado but the visit was worth it since one can see how Ireland evolved from the Viking invasion to present times

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Initially I turned my nose up at visiting an archeological museum, as that's not really my thing, but there are some really interesting artefacts with accompanying stories in this museum. My particular, though slightly macabre, highlights were the exhibition of "bog bodies" - a series of partially preserved bodies from political killings or sacrifices in Ireland - and the Egyptian... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only went in here because we couldn't find the National Art Gallery, but we were very pleasantly surprised. The core of the collection is prehistoric finds, and the gold jewellery is astonishing. When we visited, there was also an illuminating exhibition about Sir Roger Casement in one of the side rooms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very well organised museum with a lot to see and learn! I would suggest making sure that you have plenty of time as there are 2 floors and multiple rooms and levels on each one!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Being a free place to visit in Dublin, this place is a great place to visit. If you like history and want to understand Dublin and Ireland, this is the place. Lots of interesting findings, especially what they found in the bog. My partner especially enjoyed the Egyptian part! It was a little disorganised but then again.. I didn't follow... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great museum - beautiful building and was a great way to spend a couple of hours to catch up on some of the history of Ireland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit and as with all dublins museums its free.was the best one we visited, lots to see including mummies and vikings great displays bigger than it looks on the outside and the coffee shop is very good value with very large cakes which pleased my wife.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a good time looking round, lots of very interesting exhibits such as the vikings exhibit and the bodies that were found in bogs, we couldn't believe what was preserved. I think we were in there for 2 hours as there is just so much to see. One of our friends is an archaeologist so he loved everything.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's lovely that this museum is free! Irish and Egyptian history have spots here. There is so much gold downstairs! Also, there are a couple of the infamous bog bodies with sobering, depressing details of their murders. Definitely stop by!

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