National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, located in Dublin, is a must-see destination for those seeking to explore the fascinating history and culture of Ireland. Founded in 1877, it has played a vital role in preserving the country’s ancient archaeology, becoming a prized destination for those wanting to learn more about Irish heritage. From its humble beginnings, the museum has grown into a vast collection of artifacts and exhibits that span centuries across Irish history. With over 2 million archaeological artifacts in its collections, it is one of the most important repositories of Irish antiquities. The museum’s permanent exhibitions provide an immersive experience into the past with displays exploring prehistoric archaeology and early Christian artworks.

Visitors can also take part in interactive tours which allow them to explore some of these ancient artifacts up close. Through photographs, illustrations and reconstructions, visitors can travel back through time and discover how our ancestors lived thousands of years ago. Here you can see tools used by Stone Age hunters as well as objects from early Christian settlements – all waiting to be explored! For those interested in exploring further, guided tours are available that provide visitors with an expert perspective on some of Ireland’s most impressive archaeological sites.

The museum also features a range of temporary exhibitions from both local and international sources that offer insights into various aspects of Irish archaeology such as stone circles, Bronze Age hoards and Viking settlements.

The National museum of Ireland is situated in the former Collins barracks.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Anne Griffin
    2 months ago
    Located in city centre this museum is open to all and free. The building itself is worth a visit...
  • Dean McCauley
    2 months ago
    Fascinating collection that expanded my knowledge of Irish (pre) history by about 1000 percent. ...
  • Kristýna Vacardová
    3 months ago
    The most interesting thing about the museum is definitely the beautiful and marvellous building it's...
  • Vas Vas
    in the last week
    Impressive historical artefacts from pre-historic, Christ and medieval era in Ireland and special...
  • Alice Goss
    4 months ago
    It's one of the best archaeology museums around, and it's free to enter. The array of items on...

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