National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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  • St. Stephen's Green • 6 min walk
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  • Jordan
    Columbus, Ohio286 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of Ireland and more
    Cool museum with plenty of fascinating artifacts. I enjoyed learning about Ireland through the ages and the Viking influence. The Egyptian exhibit was a fun surprise. My husband and I hid from the rain in here for about an hour or so. Admission is free. Bathrooms on site but no cafe.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Lita L
    101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Treasure Trove in the Heart of Dublin
    Just south of Trinity College, this quaint museum holds Ireland's treasured artifacts and more. Carve out time to enjoy a reconstructed passage tomb, Ireland's gold (circa BC), Tullydonnell Hoard, eerie bog bodies, and its Treasury. History buffs will not be disappointed.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • rachel f
    Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Viking tour!
    We went on a guided tour , Vikings, given by young tour guide Michael. He was excellent, quietly in charge and so interesting and engaging. Good for kids age 8 upwards, as Michael had a vague of Viking items we could touch and feel. Great free experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Mrs B
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful museum
    We fortunately visited Dublin during National Heritage week and the museum was offering a range of free tours. We attended one of the 'highlights' tour and really enjoyed it! Our guide (I think her name was Eleanor) was so informative and really happy to answer any questions from the group. After the tour, we were able to explore the museum ourselves and go back to some of the exhibits highlighted within the tour. The exhibits are beautiful and displayed respectfully. We would absolutely recommend if you have a chance to visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • longnex
    Los Angeles, California124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Visit
    Beautiful museum, full of interesting artifacts tracing the history of Ireland. My daughters really enjoyed the exhibit on the "bog men" of Europe. The gold artifacts were also very well presented. This free museum was well worth the visit. We only spent about an hour here, but could have spent much longer had we had more time. Very well done.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Shaun-R-O
    Worcester, Massachusetts9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing Free Museum
    I don't think there's any reason not to visit this museum if you ever find yourself in Dublin. For one, admission is free. The quantity and variety of artifacts is outstanding, and the galleries are clearly themed and easy to navigate. Highlights include the Tara Brooch and a collection of bog bodies.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • MAG724
    Boston, Massachusetts47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum
    This is a fascinating museum. Our 3rd visit. It is has artifacts from 700 and 800 BC that were collected, mostly, from bogs. Tools and jewelry you can't believe were in existence at this time. It continues on, time-wise, with fascinating information and discoveries. Marvelous histories and exhibits of the bogs and discoveries, from bodies to jewels. Fascinating information about the Vikings and their history in Ireland. I was disappointed that the gift shop wasn't open as on our last visit I bought beautiful dishtowels that depicted pages from the Book of Kells.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Jaden J
    England, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum to go to
    National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is a must visit place if you haven't been here! This place is a real gem! I heard a lot of fascinating information about the Vikings and their ways of living. The overall experience was very positive and I would come here again!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • V8405Z
    Manchester, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Museum of Ireland
    A fantastic museum right in the centre of Dublin and it’s FREE! Lots of exhibits and artefacts from Stone Age Ireland, the coming of Christianity, the Vikings and Normans and the various discoveries of priceless gold chalices and artefacts. The bog bodies also very interesting and poignant. Fabulous!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Susana G
    Portugal11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting if you really like the subject
    It's good if you need to kill some time, however it's very repetitive - there's a lot of the same all over the museum. So if you have to decide on priorities, I would not recommend it. However, if you're very interested in the subject, you'll surely enjoy it. Lots of information available about everything you're seeing. Also a plus that it's free!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
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karoleigh
North Carolina3,897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We visited this museum years ago and decided to see it again on this trip because we liked it so much the last time we saw it. Visitors can see Irish history and also Viking history there that spans throughout the ages. It is sectioned off well to separate the various eras in history. Some of the stuff that was found and placed in the museum surprised me. Visitors can learn a lot about history of Ireland while visiting this museum.
Written July 7, 2024
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CoastGuardSteve
Paducah, KY339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
The National Museum was a great walkthrough. To start with, it’s free, but it has some amazing artifacts through the museum. It took us around 90 minutes to see everything. It’s amazing to me that the artifacts could have survived as long as they did before they were found and put under glass. Great explanation of bogs and how they were formed plus all the things that came out of it.
Written July 3, 2024
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IronsFamilyTravel
Oklahoma City, OK135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed this wonderful museum. Our favorite exhibit had artifacts from Dublin’s Nordic and medieval history. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours!
Written July 2, 2024
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AnotherTraveler723
35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Unbelievable but the entry for this museum is completely free. It is a very interesting museum. We were especially in awe with the Or collection and the bog bodies. Very fascinating.
Written June 16, 2024
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alice_lenthe
West Chester, PA282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a great museum and free! Interesting historical items, beautiful building too. Wide variety of items so something to see whatever is your interest.
Written June 15, 2024
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Extremely normal person
Houston, TX57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This museum was recommended to us by a friend who had grown up in Dublin, and it really delivered. Admission to the museum is free, the building is clean, the explanations of the artifacts are clear and interesting, and the collection is really extensive and impressive. Irish archeology is so much more thorough and fascinating than one might expect, owing in part to the ability of bogs to preserve things that would have been lost forever in other places. This museum covers both the prehistory and early history of Ireland. The artifacts are amazing, many worked in exquisite detail. Bogs preserved even the long dead. Our party started our Irish trip with this museum, and, in retrospect, it was the ideal orientation to Ireland. My children (14, 11, 7yo) were among our number, and they also enjoyed the museum. My teenager especially liked the bogs, but thought that the preserved people were disturbing.
Written June 12, 2024
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Paul B
Chirnside Park, Australia1,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It is mind blowing what has been discovered throughout Ireland from a historical perspective. The gold artefacts are just amazing. The canoe found in the peat bogs is stunning. Even human remains are preserved. It can take a while to look around but it is close to the Gallery so should be on the list. And it's Free.
Written May 30, 2024
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Beverly S
Concord, CA107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Interesting museum - the exhibits of gold ornaments and bog people are particularly fine. It took us a while to find it however; the streets in Dublin change names every couple of blocks, so it is confusing.
Written May 25, 2024
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Explorer778015
Harrogate, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It's not huge but what is there is fabulous. Most of it has been dug out of the ever decreasing bogs and go back centuries. The main centre is full of gold treasures which are just amazing. There is a large Viking section and some Egyptian artefacts they secured at some point. The bit I hadn't expected but were fascinating were the Bog Bodies. This is a trigger warning. They are avoidable because to reach them you have to descend through a spiral blocking accidental glimpses from outside and restricting light to the remains. Amazing to see what was preserved but recognise this is not for everyone.
Written April 15, 2024
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Tim Mc G
Dublin, Ireland305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I really enjoyed visiting this museum it was great to get an insight into the lives of people in the Bronze Age etc… The staff are lovely the place is clean.
Written April 10, 2024
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