National Museum Archaeology

National Museum (Archaeology)

The National Museum (Archaeology) is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland. It is home to over two million artefacts. See outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. Admire the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe.

Permanent collections at the Museum:
The Treasury
Ór – Ireland’s Gold
Prehistoric Ireland
Kingship and Sacrifice
Viking Ireland
Medieval Ireland 1150 – 1550
Ancient Egypt
Ceramics and Glass from Ancient Cyprus

Temporary Exhibitions at the Museum:
Clontarf 1014: Brian Boru and the Battle for Dublin – the Battle of Clontarf was fought a thousand years ago, on Good Friday (23rd April), 1014.  Popular perception sees the battle as a great victory where the Christian king of Ireland, Brian Boru, defeated the pagan Vikings and drove them out of Ireland. But is this correct? The exhibition explodes myths and presents the evidence we have for what actually happened at Clontarf, what led up to the battle and what resulted from it.

Rites of Passage at Tara – the Mound of the Hostages, or Duma na nGiall, is the oldest visible monument on the Hill of Tara. The mound covers a burial monument called a passage tomb built in the period just before 3000 BC, which was used as a place to bury human remains for more than 1,500 years. The excavation of the Mound of the Hostages showed it to have a very complex history of construction and use. This exhibition displays some of the many exceptional finds uncovered during the excavation and describes some aspects of its cultural setting in the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.

Roger Casement: Voice of the voiceless – Although recognised for his role in the 1916 Rising, Casement’s humanitarian work investigating atrocities in the rubber trade in Africa and South America is less well-known. This exhibition uses some of the objects he collected during his time in Africa and South America to tell the story of this part of his life and the story of the victims of slavery and forced labour he worked for.

Open Tues-Sat: 10.00 am-5.00 pm; Sun & Mon: 1.00 pm–5.00 pm.
Open on Bank Holiday Mondays.
Closed Good Friday, 25 Dec.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01 677 7444.

Admission free.

Click here to consult the calendar of special events (when the page opens, click on the PDF documents at the top of the page).