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. Put National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology into our Dublin trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Dublin.
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  • We loved this museum and it was free but a donation of 5 Euros each is recommended. Great displays of Viking artifacts and Neolithic Irish items discovered in Bogs throughout Ireland . If you have an ...  more »
  • Love the layout here and it's a place you could visit a few times. We just took a look at things in brief today and as the kids grow I'll bring them back to learn about the rich history in more detail...  more »
  • We spent just over an hour here. The bog bodies were super interesting and worth a look at! The building was also interesting.  more »
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  • This is a must-see museum in Dublin. The building is unique and beautiful. The collection of ancient art of Ireland is stunning. The didactics (explanations) are some of the best my wife have seen worldwide. This museum should not be missed if you want to have a better understanding of the history of Ireland.
  • Excellent museum with a fantastic array of artifacts. Could have spent longer in the exhibits but we had other places to get that afternoon. The building is deceivingly large with many different exhibit themes, there really is something for everyone. With the trip for sure!
  • Great building and exhibits. Some areas could do with a bit of updating but certainly nothing off putting. Prepare for an aimless wonder through the various rooms and extra points if you find the hidden Egypt area ūüėú
  • Nice place and good stuff to see, kinda silly that you cant walk around with a coffee in your hand though. I had just bought one and was told to throw it in the bin if I wanted to go in. Place was full of kids, kids would do more harm to exhibits than an adult holding a cup of coffee. Also, most things are behind glass cases. Worth a visit though, it is free but you can make donation if you want to.
  • Young kids love this place. Its free but a small donation is welcome. Great fun for the kids to see all the different animals

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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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