National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

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    Even the museum foyer and shop is...
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    Some ancient Irish weaponry
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    Drop by the National Museum

    by MikeBird Written Mar 13, 2014

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    There are three separate museums all coming under the umbrella of the National Museum of Ireland. The one I am talking about here is the museum featuring Archaeological and Ethnographic remains. It is located in Kildare St.

    I really enjoyed my visit to this museum. It's only small and focusses on older artefacts and items from Bronze age up to about the Vikings ( although sadly the latter exhibition was closed for refurbishment) with an emphasis upon Irish history. It's free entry and on the day of my visit in March was quiet and not at all over-run with other visitors. There were some totally amazing Bronze age artefacts that were preserved with exquisite detail.

    A separate exhibition provided insight into the 'Bog bodies' that have been recovered from three separate bogs across the country. They were all tastefully portrayed with informative wall panels and a particularly interesting set of interactive videos were available to view.

    Other parts of the museum featured exhibits from ancient Egypt, Cyprus and Rome but for me it was the Irish material that was particularly stunning.

    Even if history isn't your thing you'll probably be 'wow'ed by the intricacy of the jewellery and ornate metallic objects they have on display. Make sure it's on your Dublin itinerary.

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    National Museum of Ireland - Archeology

    by iaint Written May 13, 2011

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    We spent half an afternoon wandering around. It is a good way to get a quick grasp of how far back civilisation goes in Ireland - from Neolithic times onwards.

    We were particularly struck by the quality and quantity of the Bronze Age gold jewelry on display, and how skilled our ancestors were so long ago.

    Like so many places, the museum has an excellent coffee shop. Great for a spot of restoration time after a long day of sightseeing.

    Other parts of the National Museum - Natural History, for example - are on other sites.

    Admission is free.

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    National Museum of Ireland-archaeology

    by Dabs Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    We were heading to do a 1916 Easter Rising walk when the rain started pelting down and our plans were altered for the afternoon as I didn't want to spend my first day in Dublin soaked to the skin. We stopped in the National Museum of Ireland-archaeology to have a dry place to be for a bit, honestly archaelogy is not one of my top interests and much of what I saw here I thought to be a bit dull. But there were a few things that I found interesting, the Kingship and Sacrifice section with all of the well preserved remains of people they found in the bogs, most of them ghastly murders. Also the interesting replica of the ornately decorated Gundestrup Cauldron found in a Danish bog, the original is in a museum in Copenhagen.

    There are exhibits on prehistoric gold, Ancient Egypt, Life and Death in the Roman World, Viking-age Ireland and Medieval Ireland. I believe The Treasury, which I would have enjoyed, is currently closed for renovation.

    The National Museum also has other branches focusing on natural history (Merrrion Square), decorative arts (Collins Barracks close to the Guinness Brewery) and country life (County Mayo, not in Dublin)

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    National Museum of Ireland - History & Archeology

    by Jefie Updated May 23, 2009

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    National Museum of Ireland on Kildare St.

    The National Museum of Ireland's branch on Kildare Street is dedicated to the history and archeology of Ireland. The building was designed by Sir Thomas Deane and it opened in 1890 along with its neighbour, the National Library of Ireland. The museum is open to visitors free of charge. What I thought was the most interesting was the large amount of cultural and social anthropology information available, especially when it came to death rituals throughout the ages. Archeological information about Ireland is divided into three main categories: Prehistoric Ireland, Viking Ireland and Medieval Ireland. One of my favourite features was in the Viking section, where you can see skulls that bear numerous marks of battles. There are also small sections dedicated to Ancient Egypt and Cyprus, as well as an impressive collection of Irish prehistoric goldwork.

    The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday) and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays (closed on Mondays).

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    National Museum of Ireland: Archaeology & History

    by illumina Written May 16, 2006

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    This museum, one of the three National Museums in Dublin, is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland. The building houses over 2 million artefacts which range in date between 7000BC and the late medieval period.

    Exhibitions include the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in western Europe - which I have to admit is pretty impressive (and shiny!); examples of Celtic metalwork from the Iron Age; a rich collection of Egyptian material; as well as masterpieces such as Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch. The highlight for me, however, was the presence of a bog body, which was fascinating to see close up.

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    Have a visit to the National...

    by Nobbe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Have a visit to the National Museum of Ireland, and learn about ancient times.
    The National Museum of Ireland was opened in 1890 and was the result of the merging together of several Irish Collections. The Museum contains artefacts and masterpieces dating from 2000 B.C. to the 20th century.

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  • It'd be good to see the...

    by smileey Written Feb 25, 2003

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    It'd be good to see the National Museum in the city centre. Also Pearse Museum which is situated in the suburbs, Rathfarnham. Killiney, Co. Dublin is a seaside town with a beach, a beautiful bay. esp in summertime. The DART from the city centre goes here.
    National Museum gives a good history of Ireland - Pearse Museum also.
    Killiney Bay is just beautiful, esp. in summertime and has been compared to the bay of Biscay. (or something like that!)

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    The National Museum of Ireland

    by Jim_Eliason Written Mar 28, 2013
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    Compact but excellent collection of artifiacts. Especially good is the collection of stone age artifacts.

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