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 on Mondays ( including Bank Holidays, Good Friday, and Christmas Day). By using our Dublin planning tool, you can arrange your visit to National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and other attractions in Dublin.
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  • As an Ancient History teacher, I LOVED this museum. I have taught students about a number of the civilisations within the displays and my students loved hearing me retell my experiences here. The Bog....  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • This museum is just amazing!!! If you like to see objects from basically all over the world and specially from ancient Ireland you have to visit. This time was my second and I am planning to go back. It contains a lots of beautiful antiques from different ages and they are pretty well documented. Once you enter there, your perspective about where we coming from, it would definitely change. Viking section is one of my favourites:), but also Egyptian and more. The entrance is free!!!
  • Excellent museum. No fee, you can make a donation if you like. The bog men mummies are amazing. There are different expositions from different countries, not only Ireland. It's a great place to bring kids. It can be really busy during the summer but it's never too bad. Absolutely love it.
  • Never seen so many different animals in one place, obviously a lot of care gone in to the collection. The Giant Irish Deer were amazing. A bit smaller than I expected but had a lovely time
  • When we went to Ireland one of our friends wanted to check it out. It was really cool and best of all FREE!! We got to check out a lot of cool stuff like the bog people, Viking Kong’s words, boats, gold, and so much more. It is amazing to see all of this stuff. The big people were really cool to see how great all the features were preserved over all this time. You could even make out the color of the hair in certain cases. I find it interesting to see the religious icons that were used back then, and compare of how they are used today. Just like they say ‘the more things change the more they remain the same.’ If you are in Ireland check it out as you can’t beat free 😎
  • This is an archaeological museum located in Dublin. Few km from the central bus station. The museum is free of entry and displays items from stone age till the Irish independence. These are fun for the kids to learn about several thousand years of history. Roughly takes an hour to browse through the items on display.

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