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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland
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+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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Well done small museum.

We enjoyed the peat bog mummies and the Viking exhibit. It is overlooked on maps, but deserves a visit.

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Wanda C
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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We enjoyed the peat bog mummies and the Viking exhibit. It is overlooked on maps, but deserves a visit.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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This museum provides a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that reach back into the beginnings of Irish society and culture; especially interesting is the exhibit of bog people.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Some exhibits are well done but some are being re-arranged and/or are lacking in information or pieces. Overall, the museum is a nice place to spend an hour or two and learn more about some of the country's history but is not overly impressive. Good location to other high-traffic areas.

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Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is not often you have the opportunity to tour a museum with such diversity within its exhibitions. Our visit included the Gold exhibition, the early bloody civil war; Viking history and artefacts and Egyptian treasures. At times aspects of a museum's content may be a little irrelevant in its and will not always appeal to the general population as... More 

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Tobaccoville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small museum that is easily covered in an hour or so. Incredible collection of gold items as well as artifacts recovered from the bogs. Unfortunately the body display I most wanted to see was not open but the film they had of the lab work done was really interesting.

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Pine Ridge, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Museum was closed the day we were near there but the Grounds and Building was just Breath taking, a for sure to Do on next trip.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went on a Sunday afternoon when they have restricted opening hours. Had a nice coffee in the onsite Cafe first. Its not a huge museum but the exhibits are well laid out and explained. Especially liked the gold exhibits and the bog bodies were laid out in a respectful manner. Very interesting. As one lady there said, says a lot... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The facility is an old converted military barracks with a few floors of static displays. No guides around to add to the experience nor were thete any high tech displays to add content to the displays. There were however several nice displays that made the visit worthwhile. Admission was free and I got my monies worth...

Thank Dennis C
Green River, WY
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You could spend a lot of time here taking in the many rooms and exhibits. Very well put together. Easy to get lost here but school groups would learn a lot.

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A great place for those interested in the older history of Ireland. Artefacts from 1-2000 years ago ++ and beautifully displayed and explained. If you are interested in the Celtic Treasury items do invest 3 euros in t accompanying audio or download for free if you have MP3 players or similar. Great cafe attached with very large portions of salmon... More 

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