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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  • a reconstruction of an ancient Viking boat ... a remarkable Egyptian industry and many interesting exhibits to visit
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  • Depends on what you're interested in, but worth a trip. Lots of really old gold and spearheads. Really nice Egyptian exhibit which I wasn't expecting, & a boat made out of one v.long tree dug up from ...  more »
  • In this museum you get to know Ireland and Dublin from the ancient times. Some of the findings at the first floor are astonishing. Also, a really cool gift shop (pretty chip) if you want to take somet...  more »
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  • Every time I visit Dublin, I visit this museum. It's well organized and interesting. I love most of all the part dedicated to Celts and Vikings. I liked also the part dedicated to the most recent history of the Ireland: help us tourist to understand little better where we are. Visit all the museum doesn't take too long, and it's affordable with little kids
  • Very interesting items that give a good background and history of Ireland. This was recommended to me by the tour company's I used while in Dublin and it didn't disappoint. I never found the 1000 year old cheese but I did find the bog bodies - the most interesting exhibit there. History of Ireland is rich and full of conflicts, this is a great place to spend 1-2 hours and is also free.
  • This museum is free (can give a donation) and amazing. The bogs preserve things like a time capsule and so the things they have found - bodies, canoes, leather, metal - are epically preserved from bronze age forward. Would highly recommend.
  • There's a lot of very interesting Irish history here and the museum has some wonderful pieces on display. As an American tourist, I learned a lot. I enjoyed the experience overall but was disappointed by the redundancy- there are a lot of the same pieces displayed over and over, even across different areas. It's fascinating, but I only want to see so many swords or pieces of jewelry. The touring school groups are also obnoxious. It was swarming the day we were there and it was a constant fight to get a look at anything.
  • Very nice museum. Youb should be interested in history and you can spend here about 3 to 4 hours if you want.