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.
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)
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).
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.
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.
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!)
Compact but excellent collection of artifiacts. Especially good is the collection of stone age artifacts.