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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  • A lot of stuff here but quite static, needs to be more interestingly used, some rooms set up as if they were homes at different periods would be one suggestion  more »
  • We spent about an hour at the "dead zoo" in Dublin- kids loved seeing the taxidermied animals side by side with a skeleton of same species. Irish animals on first floor and animals f the world on seco...  more »
  • Visitors are understandably drawn to the beautiful gold artifacts wonderfully presented in the central part of the ground floor. Well-lighted cases and knowledgeable signage make this national museum ...  more »
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  • I love this museum! You get a great look into the Viking era of Dublin through numerous artifacts that have been uncovered over the years, which I enjoy learning about. But the stars of the museum, in my opinion, are the bodies that were preserved in bogs throughout the country! It's a surreal experience, and truly the closest I've felt to those who lived long before us. Highly recommend a visit! The admission is free, but I suggest leaving a donation that reflects your experience.
  • After hearing about the artifacts that were unearthed all over Ireland that are on display at the National Museum, we had to go. We spent more than two hours enjoying the exhibits. The ancient boat made out of a tree trunk is awe inspiring. The amount and quality of the gold jewelry is astonishing. I liked the historical exhibits about the Greek influences and, of course, the Viking presence in the country. The clothing that was unearthed from the bogs is so well preserved and so interesting to look at. Finally, the exhibit on the Psalter that was found in the bog was mind boggling!
  • Beautiful building and very well laid out. The bog bodies and the wafer thin gold jewellery were amazing. Although it is requested that you do not take photos, many foreign visitors ignored this request. Such a shame that we couldn't spend more time there but we were part of a coach party and had a long way to walk to the puck up point.
  • Staff was really nice and answered all of our questions, but there weren't as many wax figures as I had wished and the wax hands we made aren't too well made (some drips, staff finger prints, too thin). The extra charge for a simple bag or package for the wax hands is kinda mean after I had already paid about 50€ for 2 people. But after all it was still a nice event and I'd still tell people to go there, take pictures and just enjoy the time in there. Was a nice touch of our Dublin trip.
  • Nice two story museum that has a few interesting exhibits. The museum is free although we always give some sort of donation. We particularly enjoy the bog bodies (bodies/skeletons preserved) and the coming exhibit. We usually don't stay more than an hour and it's good for kids.
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