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Last updated: 29 March, 2024
Expert travel writer: Nicola Brady

Ireland’s National Museum is the nation’s premier cultural institution, dedicated to the preservation of Irish heritage, with an emphasis on art, culture and natural history.

The archaeological collection is the highlight, boasting artifacts from prehistoric, Viking and medieval times. There is a massive decorative arts section too, containing one of the world’s largest collections of silver and artifacts such as the famous Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch.

Don’t miss 

Come face-to-face with your ancient ancestors with the Archaeology collection’s 2,300-year-old Iron Age ‘bog bodies’. One was preserved so perfectly that the discovery sparked a police murder investigation before archaeologists were called in.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The museum is spread across four sites in central Dublin. The main Archaeology section is on Kildare Street. A Decorative Arts & History is on Benburb Street and a Natural History on Marrion Street. The fourth site – Country Life – is a 40-acre site where you can see objects, rare archive photography and film that explores Ireland’s rural past. 

A downloadable guidebook to the archaeology collection is available on the museum website. 

When to do it

Open Tuesday to Sunday all year round. Closed Mondays. 

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