Discover gold, bog bodies, ceramics, glass, Viking artefacts as well many other archaeological objects found in Ireland and around the world.

Opened in 1890, the displays contain artefacts dating from 7000 BC to the 20th Century.

The collections include The Treasury, featuring outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. 
Ór–Ireland’s Gold features the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, while Prehistoric Ireland introduces the visitor to the everyday culture of prehistory. Viking Ireland covers Irish archaeology from 800–1200AD.

Medieval Ireland 1150–1550 explores life in later medieval Ireland: meet the nobles who went to war, the common people who worked and the clergy who prayed in galleries entitled ‘Power’, ‘Work’ and ‘Prayer’. Ancient Egypt explores this mysterious and multi-faceted civilisation. Kingship & Sacrifice is a fascinating exhibition centred on a number of recently found bog bodies of Iron Age date.

  • Opened in 1890
  • Biggest collection of gold artefacts after Greece
  • Discover many facets of Ireland

Open Year Round

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00–17:00
Sunday & Monday: 13:00–17:00
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday


Admission Prices 2019

Admission is FREE

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Museum offers snacks and hot/cold drinks

SHOPPING: Museum shop selling gifts, books, jewellery and replica items.

PARKING: City centre on-street pay and display

ACCESSIBILITY: Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible.

Getting There

Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, near St. Stephen’s Green

Public Transport
Bus: 8, 11, 46A, 145, 37, 38, 39, 44
Luas (Green): St. Stephen’s Green, Dawson, Trinity
Dart: Dublin Pearse

Map Location: 53.340223, -6.254921
Contact National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Eircode: D02 FH48
T: +353 (0)1 677 7444
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