National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Dublin

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Housing a trove of archeological treasures, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology displays items unearthed in Ireland as well as items from ancient Egyptian and Roman relics. The museum building, a major tourist attraction in and of itself, features a colonnaded entrance opening into a rotunda, designed to pay homage to ancient Roman architecture. Inside you can explore an extensive collection of prehistorical gold artifacts and metal objects from the Celtic Iron Age. Be sure to visit the second-floor galleries, chronicling the four centuries of Viking rule over Dublin. To discover the exhibits at your own pace and focus on areas most suited to your interests, pick up a floor plan at the entrance, or check online for a free downloadable brochure. Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. Closed Mondays ( including Bank Holidays, Good Friday, 24th of December, Christmas Day, and 1st of January.) To visit National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and get the most from your holiday in Dublin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dublin planning tool .
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  • The building that houses the museum is worth the visit alone - a wonderful old style, ornately decorated place. We had limited time - the Museum is only open for 3 hours on Sundays, and we were a bit ...  more »
  • Among the things to see in Dublin, we would put even this visit. An interesting and well constructed path.
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  • A good place to the ancient history of Ireland to discover, on the viking invasion from prehistory to the middle ages. The mummified bodies extracted from the peat from the iron age are (the leftmost room on the ground floor). Free entrance.
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  • What an experience. The fact that it was free I must admit was the primary motivation while I had a spare few hours in Dublin City. Having made this visit and enjoying the upstairs/downstairs journey through the archaeological history of Ireland and even some Egypt, I can only say, it's not to be missed. Unfortunately the food choices and prices in the cafe may not suit the casual visitor. John..
  • An great place for an amazing walk through the ancient history of Ireland. It is old style presentation. No fancy interactive stuff. But definitely worth a visit. And it's free.
  • The building alone should draw you in, but the history inside is mind blowing. They also house the renowned ‘bog bodies.’ Stimulate the brain, kids!
  • Great government managed facility, and you can't find better value any were as there is free admission for all. Children of all ages will love this experience. Beautiful building, friendly staff and a great day out. the only down side is the lack of toilet facilities. If you have an interest in natural history this is a place not to miss, great for a family day out.
  • This was a nice museum for a nap when you are very jet lagged. Lots of dark rooms with benches for when your brother has to read every description plaquard. But really, this is a very good museum with a lot of variety of subject matter. Has great bog body specimens, natural history, Irish history, viking history, religious content, etc. Great musueum

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