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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
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Owner description: The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland and home to over two million artefacts. Permanent Exhibitions: Our exhibitions include the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in western Europe, outstanding examples of metalwork from the Celtic Iron Age and the Museum’s world-renowned collection of medieval ecclesiastical objects and jewellery. The Treasury: Ór - Ireland's Gold, Prehistoric Ireland, Kingship and Sacrifice, Viking Ireland, Medieval Ireland, Ancient Egypt, Ceramics and Glass from Ancient Cyprus, Life and Death in the Roman World. There is also a number of Temporary Exhibitions taking place.
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“Really recommend”
Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Aside from the content it is well worth visiting the for the architecture alone. The exhibitions are generally well displayed (especially on the ground floor). It would perhaps have been nice to have more detailed information on some of the pieces and at some points it was a little over crowded. Setting up a wifi service specifically for an exhibition is a really clever idea (it's called the treasury) but so much more could be made of it! I found it purely by accident.

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“A treasure trove”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Very beautiful building and an incredible treasure trove of artifacts including a cache of gold jewelry found in the bogs. You can learn about the history of civilization in Ireland and then continue upstairs to see artifacts from other cultures as well.
The Bog Men are each within their own small enclosed space. They are actually quite fairly gruesome and I would not recommend taking children to see them. The rest of the museum is fine for kids.

Visited August 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“First time back as a parent”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Being a Dub I was brought here regularly as a kid and have fond memories. I recently brought my 6 year old daughter back and she loved the exhibit of Brian Boru as she had just done it in senior infants. Its certainly not as big as you remember as a kid but it is still a great spot to go to on a morning out. The displays on the bog people was amazing as was the vikings. I did find the place a bit sparse in terms of staff/vibe. I think there could be a bit more excitement made of the place, maybe have roving interactive sessions with some of the ushers etc. Considering its the summer and there is a lot of kids visiting I think there needs to be more made of the welcome received. Yes its free which is great to have but walking in with my daughter I was a bit underwhelmed I was expecting her to be met with more of what to expect. The person handing the map to her was nonchelant about being there and made nothing of her being there. You walk into museums in other cities and the magnitude of what you are about to see hits you in both the staff, the hoardings/signs and the general chatter that is going on amongst the visitors. Will definately make it somewhere we bring her more often but I wouldnt be running back in a hurry.

Visited August 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Good 1st stop”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Great way to start our 10 day trip to Ireland. Gave us some history that made it possible for us to get more out of our trip. Put everything we saw into perspective. My hubby was enthralled by the Bog Bodies.

Visited July 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Great explanations of complex history”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

This museum is wonderfully rich with artifacts and the exhibits are excellent. The gold and treasury exhibits were spectacular, but my favorite was the exhibit on the millennial anniversary of the battle of Clontarf 1014. It did a brilliant job explaining a complex event (things weren't nearly as black and white as have generally been interpreted, and included much about the technology of the time. Of course the exhibit on the bog bodies is interesting and very tastefully done, but really, is every bog body a king sacrificed on the boundary between two kingdoms? That seems a bit of a curatorial stretch but otherwise it is a beautiful exhibition. The explanation of the rapid depletion of peat in Ireland was eye opening. We were with a group of university students from the states and had only 90 minutes in this museum, but it wasn't nearly enough time to see this excellent museum. And it was free!

Visited June 2014
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