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National Museum of Ireland

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The National Museum of Ireland is separated into four branches, with three in Dublin’s city centre.

Between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green, you’ll find two branches, the Archaeology and Natural History ones. In the west of the city, near the Old Jameson Distillery, you can visit the third building, the Decorative Arts & History department.

To visit the fourth branch, you need to go to County Mayo, where the museum focuses on ‘Country Life’.

The most popular of the museums is the Archaeology branch, which is a real treasure chest. Exhibitions here cover prehistory to the late Middle Ages, so you can immerse yourself in Irish antiquities.

Display items include gold artefacts, Viking objects, bog bodies, and gilded decorations, among much more. One of the highlights is the 8th-century Tara Brooch, a Celtic brooch made in 650 to 750 AD.

The Natural History building is dedicated to the natural world of Ireland and further afield. With zoological and geological exhibitions, you can learn more about Irish fauna and flora.

The Decorative Arts & History branch displays designed objects, from weaponry, to furniture, silver, and ceramics.

All four sites of the National Museum of Ireland are free of admission charge and open daily. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and on Sunday and Monday 1pm until 5pm.  

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