Free National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Guidebook

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology


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Free National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Guidebook

Step back in time, way back to 7000 BC where you’ll see fine examples of Celtic and Medieval art, from the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. These exquisitely curated collections are a must-see for anyone interested in history and the evolution of man and society from as far back to the Viking Age.


  • Viking Collection
  • Stone Age Collection
  • Ancient Egyptian Collection
  • Post Medieval Collection

Did you know

- The name ‘Viking’ means pirate raid in the Old Norse language

- The oldest stone tool that we have as an evidence of the Stone Age dates back almost 3.4 million years old and was found in Ethiopia

- The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid which weighs the equivalent of 16 Empire State buildings!

Things to see:

- The Treasury
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 found in Ór – Ireland’s Gold.

- Prehistoric to Post Medieval Ireland
Take a walk through Prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland, how Ireland would have looked in the Stone Age and where the earliest settlements would can been traced back to. Medieval Ireland, 1150-1550, documents life in Ireland in the age of cathedrals, monasteries and castles. The fascinating Kingship & Sacrifice exhibition centres on a number of recently found bog bodies dating back to the Iron Age. All exhibitions are a fascinating opportunity to come 'face to face' with your ancient ancestors.

- Ancient Egypt exhibition
The majority of Egyptian artefacts were acquired from excavations carried out in Egypt between the 1890s and the 1920s and range in date from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. The exhibition includes finds collected by Irish travellers such as Lady Harriet Kavanagh.
Among the most important objects exhibited are the gilt and painted cartonnage case of the mummy Tentdinebu dated to the 22nd Dynasty c. 945 - 716 BC; the mummy portraits of a woman and a young boy from Hawara dated to the first/second Century AD; and a model of a wooden boat dated to the early 12th Dynasty c. 1900 BC. There is also a number of important stelae, tomb furniture, offering tables, jewellery and household equipment.
The National Museum’s Egyptian collection comprises about three thousand objects including important stelae, tomb furniture, offering tables, jewellery, household equipment and more.

- Ceramics & Glass from Ancient Cyprus
This exhibition focuses on Cypriot artefacts in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland, many of which have never been exhibited before. Most of the pieces are ceramic and probably come from tombs uncovered in the 19th Century. The artefacts range in date from the Bronze Age, approximately 2500 BC, to the late Roman period, about 300 AD, and are arranged chronologically. The exhibition also includes five clay figurines on loan from the Cyprus Museum, Nicosia.

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How to get there:

    Bus: 7 (from Burgh Quay); 11, 13 (from O’Connell Street)
    LUAS: Green Line to St Stephen's Green
    DART: Pearse Station

see the: full list of attractions included

Incl. bank holidays
Monday 13.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 13.00 - 17.00

Closed: Good Friday and Easter Monday, 25th December

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Kildare Street, Dublin 2


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