National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Kildare Street, Dublin 2


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Opened in 1890 the national Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street displays artefacts dating from 7000 BC to the 20th century.

Easter Events at National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology
April 2019

Tuesday 16th April
11.30am -1.30pm
Drop-in Activity : Brilliant Brooches
There are some beautiful brooches to be seen at the National Museum of Ireland, from the famous 'Tara' Brooch of early Christian times, to brooches worn by Viking women, and even brooches given as love tokens in medieval times. Drop in to the Museum to see the beautiful pins and brooches discovered in 2016 in the new ‘Dressed to Impress’ exhibition, learn about the people who made these brooches, then make your own brooch to take home!
No booking required. Located in the Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.
Audience: Ages 6+

Thursday 18th April
Drop-in Activity: Weight-to Go! Make your own Viking Weight
Did you know that before there were coins in Ireland, the Vikings used to trade in silver? Visit the Museum to learn about the weighing scales and decorated lead weights the Vikings used to figure out how much silver they had, discover who the Vikings were trading with, then make your own weight to take home!
No booking required. Located in Learning Resource Room, First Floor. Not wheelchair accessible.
Audience: Ages 6 +

Sunday 14th April
Tour: Treasures of the National Museum
Take a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the 'Tara' Brooch and the
Ardagh Chalice.

No booking required, places allocated on a first come first served basis. Wheelchair accessible.
Audience: Ages 7

The Irish archaeological collections included The Treasury, featuring outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. Within the exhibition the second gallery is devoted to an early medieval Book of the Psalms known as the Faddan More Psalter. This Manuscript, which dates to approximately AD 800, was discovered by chance in a Co. Tipperary bog in 2006. Or-Ireland's Gold features the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, while Prehistoric Ireland introduces the visitors to the everyday culture of prehistory. Viking Ireland focuses on Irish archaeology from 800-1500 AD. Medieval Ireland 1150-1550 explores life in later medieval Ireland: meet the nobles who go to war, the common people who work and the clergy who pray in galleries entitled "Power", "Work" and "Prayer".


Visit the Museum shop for all your shopping needs.  It’s a great place to pick up presents with the added benefit of buying Irish.

The craft section is a real winner with its elegant scarves and blankets as well as gorgeous jewellery, pottery and hand turned wood. Browsing the book section is an entertainment in itself – but it’s also a handy place to find that perfect gift.  Not forgetting the kids with a wide range of arts and crafts to suit all ages. Tel: 01 677 7444 or E-mail:


Visit the Museum Café for a wide variety of tasty and seasonal meals and snacks. Enjoy our freshly baked produce and speciality teas and coffees; the perfect complement to your museum visit. For queries and bookings contact the Museum Café: +353 1 6334280

Admission is Free

  • Not fully wheelchair accessible

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