National Museum of Ireland

Learn about prehistoric Ireland and experience life as it was at the time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland.

The National Museum of Ireland is Ireland’s leading museum institution, with a strong emphasis on national and some international archaeology, Irish history, Irish art, culture, and natural history.

The National Museum of Ireland resulted from the amalgamation of parts of the collections of a number of Dublin cultural institutions from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and the Royal Irish Academy (RIA).

The Treasury features outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. It also houses the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, which is to be found in Or, Ireland’s Gold. Learn about prehistoric Ireland and experience life as it was at the 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.

Admission is free.

 

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