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). 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 National Museum of Archeology in Dublin is a fascinating place to spend 2-3 hours learning about Ireland and its history. Cons: The Bronze Age exhibition seemed to take up a lot of the Museum’s sp...  more »
  • This was the first museum stop on our trip to Ireland, and it set a high bar. The archaeological exhibits are especially fine.  more »
  • We visited with our grandchildren while on holiday in Ireland. Entrance to all areas is free. The breadth of exhibits is amazing including items from Neolithic and Bronze Age times, the Vikings, the l...  more »
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  • I was in awe, such an amazing place crammed with so many extinct and exotic creatures! A surreal experience. Two floors of wonder! It's free of charge but you can make a donation, also has nice bathrooms upstairs. Not sure if there was a lift, entrance was definitely wheelchair friendly.
  • Another of Dublin's excellent free museums to visit - when I went in late March 2019, there were an impressive number of displays and artifacts about Ireland's early history, although it's worth mentioning that the 'Kingship and Sacrifice' section on the ground floor contains some disturbing mutilated bodies - just a disclaimer! While you are forced to enter (and exit) the museum through the gift shop, I found it to be well stocked and also had a nice lunch in the attached Brambles cafe.
  • Lots to see and best part is its FREE! Viking, Medieval history artifacts along with Egypt and tons more to look at. Definitely well worth the time and centrally located a few blocks down from Grafton Street. Highly recommend! This is the best museum on Kildare street.
  • This museum is amazing, from the preserved bog corpses to the artifacts and information on King Brian Boru, there's genuinely something interesting for everyone and all ages. The entire museum is well designed and you can flow through it without getting lost or confused, plus it's completely free (beside the optional donation, which you should probably make!). A fantastic way to spend an afternoon.
  • Really great museum that's totally free. Donations accepted though! Nice variety of artefacts on show. My particular favourite was the bog bodies section. Good for kids, my son loved seeing all the objects. There's a gift shop at the entrance which contains some nice items especially the books.
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