National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology – Rick Steves Recommends
The National Museum of Ireland has three branches in Dublin and one in County Mayo, all with a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture and natural history. With the Archaeology branch is located on Kildare Street in Dublin.
The Museum of Archaeology features displays on prehistoric Ireland, including early work in gold, church treasures and the Viking and medieval periods. There are unique displays of items from Egypt, Cyprus, and the Roman world, and special exhibitions are regularly mounted. The Museum displays the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch, famous examples of early medieval metalwork in Ireland.
One of the most exciting exhibits is Kingship and Sacrifice, a display of Iron Age Bog Bodies naturally preserved by Irish peat bog.
Where is it?
National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street, first opened its doors in 1890 as the Dublin Museum of Science and Art.