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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, on Kildare Street in Dublin, first opened its doors in 1890 and since then it has been filling in the blanks for us through its extensive archaeological collections.

Take time at The Treasury which features outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. Gaze in wonder at the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, which is to be found in Or, Ireland's Gold. Ramble through prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the same time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland. Medieval Ireland 1150-1550, documents life in Ireland in the age of cathedrals, monasteries and castles.

The new and fascinating Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition centres on a number of bog bodies dating back to the Iron Age. Displayed along with other bog finds from the museum's collections, it offers you an opportunity to come face to face with your ancient ancestors.

Please note-Second floor of Museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Admission is free.

  • Operating Hours

    1 Jan - 31 Dec

    MON 13:00 - 17:00
    TUES 10:00 - 17:00
    WED 10:00 - 17:00
    THU 10:00 - 17:00
    FRI 10:00 - 17:00
    SAT 10:00 - 17:00
    SUN 13:00 - 17:00
  • Exceptions
    New Years Day closed
    St Patricks Day 10:00 - 17:00
    Good Friday closed
    Easter Monday closed
    May Day closed
    June Holiday closed
    August Holiday closed
    October Holiday closed
    Christmas Day closed
    St Stephens Day 10:00 - 17:00

(subject to change)

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