National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
4.5
1:00 PM - 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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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • St. Stephen's Green • 6 min walk
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  • Rac C
    Knoxville, Tennessee107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good place to visit while in Dublin
    Really enjoyed this free and interesting museum. All self guided but very good displays and history of the artifacts. The bog bodies and jewelry from the neolithic time were fascinating. So many items to view. Tell a good story of Ireland's history through archaelogy.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Erica D
    Salt Lake City, Utah340 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful gold work
    This is a small-ish museum, but well worth a visit. A wonderful collection of gold-work and good explanation of the hordes. The bog people were very interesting and also respectfully displayed. A very nice viking exhibit as well, plus great religious artifacts.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • paul-delaware
    Middletown, Delaware838 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A true highlight of our trip to Dublin
    First, this place is free, making it an absolute bargain! But secondly, this has an incredible collection of old “stuff,” from tools and weapons to jewels and gold. And finally, the stories and getting to see the “bog men” is truly remarkable. Altogether fascinating, creepy and sad. Our family of five loved visiting this place.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Jennifer P
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bog Bodies and more
    This is an amazing museum! The architecture is lovely, the exhibits are stellar, and it was a highlight for our trip in Dublin. The best part for us was the Bog Bodies exhibit. It was incredibly well done and informative. I wish we had planned more time for the museum because we easily could have stayed for hours. Highly recommend!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Stefan H
    Dublin, Ireland52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum
    You have to visit and it’s free it’s located in the center of the city beside the Irish Parliament buildings. The museum has an amazing collection of artefacts from the Iron Age and the Viking age as well as a huge collection of gold and Christian treasures. The cafe is very nice too and there are public toilets.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 June 2023
  • RS
    Gravesend, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoy learning
    Well worth the visit. You can spend 1 to 2 hours learning about various stages of the prehistory and mediaeval history of Ireland. Fabulous objects on display, with an impressive amount of gold artefacts. Human remains, excavated from the bogs, are sensitively treated. I could have done, upon entry, with a plan of the museum but there are information boards at a couple of places to help orientate yourself.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Tulip
    World3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    Beautiful building. Amazing things in there. The bog bodies were fascinating...so interesting. News a bit of time to see it all and take it all in. Young children might find it boring if not into history but the adults and teens loved it
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Landlock47
    Indiana515 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Building
    The exhibits were interesting but the building's interior architecture blew me away. The interior is stunning. I find it a bit odd that the Museum doesn't open its doors until 1 o'clock in the afternoon. On a good weather day, standing outside waiting isn't a problem but it wasn't one of those days. It was pouring rain and everyone was soaked. Wish they had a reception area where people could be out of the elements, if need be.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Jordan
    Columbus, Ohio159 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Lita L
    95 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
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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 15 April 2024
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Tim Mc G
Dublin, Ireland272 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 10 April 2024
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shabaron
Rockville, MD137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We were jet lagged when we visited this museum, but we still enjoyed it. The building itself is gorgeous. They have artifacts from many time periods, including the Vikings. There are even bodies that have been unearthed that are on display. Highly recommended.
Written 26 March 2024
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FrequentFlier742178
Leigh-on Sea, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Wow, these exhibitions are top notch- the whole place is so well laid out, detailed explanations, easy to follow routes, clean toilets, friendly staff. The exhibits are just incredible, so well displayed, fascinating and unique.
Well worth a visit
Written 14 March 2024
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Grainne B
Cork, Ireland39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great museum with lots of interesting things to see - Bronze Age up to medieval
Lots of ancient jewellery and tools
But star of the show was the treasury exhibition including:
Ardagh chalice
Derrynaflan chalice
Cross of Cong

Even the kids would find this interesting

Housed in a beautiful building well worth going just to see the staircase - no information on this provided during the visit

Don’t wait for a rainy day to visit - well worth a day out
Downstairs access with mobility scooter was very straight forward but there was no lift so no access to the upper floor
All exhibition information in English or Irish - sadly no other language and on the day we visited French and Spanish tourists were visiting
Written 7 March 2024
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you have the time, this is a must visit, especially if you like bling, there is plenty to see allow at least an hour, our fave is the gold exhibit.
Written 28 February 2024
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KarenKew
Portishead, UK642 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A fantastic building, which deserves to be better promoted in itself..who designed the mosaics and the pillars?

Interesting exhibits, although I found the layout a little confused. Lots I didn't know about Irish history...

Sadly no coffee shop...
Written 7 February 2024
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Hlynch
Ballymore Eustace, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
For anyone interested in Irish history, this museum is well worth a visit. Leaving aside the exhibits (which are of great interest) the actual building architecture, mosaic flooring etc are marvelous (pure Victoriana) Exhibit highlights include the iron age gold jewellery and bog bodies, but second floor well worth a look with ancient clothing, shoes etc found in bogland perfectly preserved. Would be nice to have a cafe here again. Entrance is free (€5 donation suggested) Recommended.
Written 3 February 2024
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Amila B
Australia23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Great range of archaeological artefacts. Particularly liked the bog body exhibition. Would have been cool to see some of the images of the actual grave site.

Had lots of artefacts although some not explained thoroughly re the uses.

Overall has some amazing artefacts I would spend about 1-2 hours here. Entry is free!
Written 29 January 2024
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John S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I love this place.
I use to go there as I can.
Situated in the centre of the city
here you can find our irish history from paleolitc to middle age
Written 24 January 2024
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