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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 7444
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The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland and home to over two million artefacts. Permanent Exhibitions: Our exhibitions include the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in western Europe, outstanding examples of metalwork from the Celtic Iron Age and the Museum’s world-renowned collection of medieval ecclesiastical objects and jewellery. The Treasury: Ór - Ireland's Gold, Prehistoric Ireland, Kingship and Sacrifice, Viking Ireland, Medieval Ireland, Ancient Egypt, Ceramics and Glass from Ancient Cyprus, Life and Death in the Roman World. There is also a number of Temporary Exhibitions taking place.
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Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 677 7444
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wish we had more time to spend here. So much to see. We loved it. Very interesting. The long dug out at 2500bc amazing

Reviewed yesterday

Here you will see ancient jewelry, bog bodies and relics of many years of history and the people now called Irish/ Best of all it is free to visit so no excuses not to go.

Thank BishopWm
Reviewed yesterday

I could spend days in the museum. It is incredibly organized and tells a story that too few people are aware of.

Thank Bernie O
Reviewed yesterday

A well-laid-out museum that takes you far back in Ireland's history. Admission is free, and the cafeteria is not at all bad for a quick lunch.

Thank RHA1936
Reviewed yesterday

We only gave ourselves 60 minutes so we were rushed but it was very interesting. We were amazed by the condition and the amount of items that came from centuries ago. I was intrigued by the way the peat was able to preserve the bodies...More

Thank Chad L
Reviewed yesterday

I really enjoyed this museum. We went on the last day of our trip to Ireland, which was perfect because we sought out exhibits of things we learned about during the prior 2 weeks as we explored the rest of the country. You could spend...More

Thank angie h
Reviewed yesterday

With so many sights and presentation in Dublin focused on Irish independence, this museum offered a nice break and provided perspective on Ireland 's very early history (e.g., pre-Anglo-Norman). Allow a couple of hours.

Thank Esquimalt
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was ok to be honest id be more interested in modern history. But in fairness the collection of the ancient artefacts was amazing all round

Thank Shane M
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was fairly busy when I went The museum is interesting and well laid out in chronological order if you choose to follow the order There is some good reading but not to much so your attention span starts to wane The big bodies found...More

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Of the various branches of the National Museum, this one is the most widely reputed as a must-see, and for good reason. In a few hours you can see amazing artifacts covering Ireland's prehistory, Viking influences, the Gaels, and more. The exhibit of Ireland's long...More

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Hi, Bonnie. What would you like to know about this attraction? How much time should I allow for a visit? I know that it always depends on level of interest. How long to take a walk-through and a look? Thanks for your response.
21 April 2017|
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Response from Barbara d | Reviewed this property |
I spent about 1.5 hr, depends on interest, could be longer
Hello, Could you recommend some hotels within easy walking distance of the museum. 4 - 5 star is fine. Many thanks, Margaret
2 January 2017|
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Response from Colm K | Reviewed this property |
I have read the other contributors and they are spot on. There are two O'Callaghan hotels that are fine and well located; the Alexander Hotel and the Mont Clare. Alexander is a little more expensive and better. Had I the... More
Carolina S
Approximately, how long did it take to see everything in the museum? Was it around 2 hours or did it take up half a day?
6 December 2016|
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Response from Ace6of6Clubs | Reviewed this property |
If you're reading everything, as I like to do, it will take at least a whole day. We spent about three hours there. My Dad got through most of what he wanted to see. I only got through six rooms.