National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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  • St. Stephen's Green • 6 min walk
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  • Lita L
    101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Treasure Trove in the Heart of Dublin
    Just south of Trinity College, this quaint museum holds Ireland's treasured artifacts and more. Carve out time to enjoy a reconstructed passage tomb, Ireland's gold (circa BC), Tullydonnell Hoard, eerie bog bodies, and its Treasury. History buffs will not be disappointed.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • rachel f
    Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Viking tour!
    We went on a guided tour , Vikings, given by young tour guide Michael. He was excellent, quietly in charge and so interesting and engaging. Good for kids age 8 upwards, as Michael had a vague of Viking items we could touch and feel. Great free experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Mrs B
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful museum
    We fortunately visited Dublin during National Heritage week and the museum was offering a range of free tours. We attended one of the 'highlights' tour and really enjoyed it! Our guide (I think her name was Eleanor) was so informative and really happy to answer any questions from the group. After the tour, we were able to explore the museum ourselves and go back to some of the exhibits highlighted within the tour. The exhibits are beautiful and displayed respectfully. We would absolutely recommend if you have a chance to visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • longnex
    Los Angeles, California124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Visit
    Beautiful museum, full of interesting artifacts tracing the history of Ireland. My daughters really enjoyed the exhibit on the "bog men" of Europe. The gold artifacts were also very well presented. This free museum was well worth the visit. We only spent about an hour here, but could have spent much longer had we had more time. Very well done.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Shaun-R-O
    Worcester, Massachusetts9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing Free Museum
    I don't think there's any reason not to visit this museum if you ever find yourself in Dublin. For one, admission is free. The quantity and variety of artifacts is outstanding, and the galleries are clearly themed and easy to navigate. Highlights include the Tara Brooch and a collection of bog bodies.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • MAG724
    Boston, Massachusetts47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum
    This is a fascinating museum. Our 3rd visit. It is has artifacts from 700 and 800 BC that were collected, mostly, from bogs. Tools and jewelry you can't believe were in existence at this time. It continues on, time-wise, with fascinating information and discoveries. Marvelous histories and exhibits of the bogs and discoveries, from bodies to jewels. Fascinating information about the Vikings and their history in Ireland. I was disappointed that the gift shop wasn't open as on our last visit I bought beautiful dishtowels that depicted pages from the Book of Kells.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Jaden J
    England, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum to go to
    National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is a must visit place if you haven't been here! This place is a real gem! I heard a lot of fascinating information about the Vikings and their ways of living. The overall experience was very positive and I would come here again!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • V8405Z
    Manchester, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Museum of Ireland
    A fantastic museum right in the centre of Dublin and it’s FREE! Lots of exhibits and artefacts from Stone Age Ireland, the coming of Christianity, the Vikings and Normans and the various discoveries of priceless gold chalices and artefacts. The bog bodies also very interesting and poignant. Fabulous!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Susana G
    Portugal11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting if you really like the subject
    It's good if you need to kill some time, however it's very repetitive - there's a lot of the same all over the museum. So if you have to decide on priorities, I would not recommend it. However, if you're very interested in the subject, you'll surely enjoy it. Lots of information available about everything you're seeing. Also a plus that it's free!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Laura R
    Guttenberg, New Jersey299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done history of Ireland
    This museum has so much history. It tells the story from the stone age to the current times of Ireland. The Tara Brooch is beautiful. The other displays are very done. You could spend several hours in this museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 22, 2023
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Paula T
Chelsea, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We did the free 1-hour tour of 9 major items in the archaeological collection. They spanned 5,000 years of Irish history. The items were really well explained and put in context. The Treasury items were amazing (friends went back just to see more). The “Bog Men” are a bit horrendous for small kids. Other items were very well displayed. The museum is big and cavernous, with lots of reverberating background noise that made it hard to hear the guide (might have been better with earpieces).

Do the tour early so you can go back to see items of interest afterwards (we did the 3:30 tour so it was too late to backtrack before closing.

Museum building is amazing too: painted enamel Victorian doorways, amazing mosaic floors, etc.
Written August 3, 2022
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Tony McMahon
London, UK385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I'm fascinated by Ireland's ancient history and you have everything from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages in this museum. It's laid out over two floors of an old Georgian building - quite an old fashioned museum in many ways. And I think you'd have to be genuinely interested in the subject. Thankfully, they don't seem to worry too much about making it "interactive" and just get on with sharing some incredibly artefacts. There are also so-called "bog bodies" here - three thousand year old preserved bodies. Not for the faint hearted.
Written January 5, 2020
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britfan789
Myrtle Beach, SC76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you love 4,000 year-old Celtic gold jewelry and Viking artifacts along with seeing the bog men, this is the place for you. We actually visited this place twice. Amazing early Christian artifacts, as well. Highly recommend. Nice gift shop and cafe, as well.
Written January 8, 2020
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Patrick H
McDonough, GA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I visited here just yesterday. A great museum with some amazing relics and displays. The bog mummies must be seen to be believed. The large collection included beautiful jewelry, art, weapons, and day to day items of the Celts, ancient Egyptians, Vikings, and more. Add in a nice cafe and a super friendly staff and this makes a visit here a must do!
Written February 16, 2020
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Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
If you want to learn Ireland in a best possible way and to have a fun as well, head to the National Museum of Archaeology, and immerse yourself in extraordinary exhibitions and galleries. They have brilliant exhibition about vikings, and you will learn everything about ancient viking culture exploring artfacts old centuries or watching interesting multimedia mats. They have an amazin souvenir shop as well, so after exploring you can visit ship as well. Prices are moderate and you can get great stuff as well. Highly recommended for travellers staying 7+ days.
Written October 15, 2020
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andyshaw13
Wirral, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It’s great that the museums are still free to visit and well worth a visit if in Dublin. The Neolithic history of Ireland is well covered and there are plenty of interesting artefacts from different periods. For us the highlights were the bog bodies and the exhibit on the battle of Clontarf ... which for us (English folk) was an unknown story.
Written February 23, 2020
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Johnny
Fort Lauderdale, FL71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This museum will certainly satisfy everyone's appetite for history and archeology. It is the right size to visit all the exhibits in about 3-4 hours. There is something for all family members. It has the rare Bog Mummies and it will mesmerize you or if you are squeamish it ill repel you but you certainly will be left impressed. There are many other valuable artifacts to see and experience. Overall I highly recommend it.
Written July 10, 2022
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Quill2005
Ocala, FL266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
There's definitely a lot to see her on Irish history from an archeological perspective, which means all of the items here are very very old. The gold exhibition was also of interest. Entrance fee is free and it's located near the other main museums of Dublin.
Written April 7, 2023
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Alan D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
Visited in December 2020, very safe and reassuring experience. Booking or registration needed which was done with no fuss. COVID protocols managed very well throughout the building, staff were very helpful, and I was delighted to see that all exhibits were open and accessible as normal.
Written December 18, 2020
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Tara N
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Free to the public, this museum is a treasure trove of pre-Christian and medieval treasures recovered and preserved from throughout Ireland. Learned so much about Irish and Viking history, and could easily have stayed longer than the just under 2 hours I had. As I was leaving, I heard people remarking to the attendants that they could spend hours in there, with the attendants enthusiastically agreeing, and so do I.
Written July 28, 2022
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