As we were in Dublin for another event, me and my dad decided to visit a few museums as well. One of these museums was the National Museum of Ireland - Archeology which is housed in a fabulous building in Kildare Street. The main entrance into the building is impressive, especially the main foyer where a museum shop is located. But my attention was focussed on the fabulous domed ceiling.
My first suprise of the day was the entrance fee - there wasn't any. For a museum of this caliber, I would have gladly paid an entrance fee, but of course no entrance fee is even better. The main hall you walk into is just fabulous, from the steel used for the roof and balustrades to the heavy pillars supporting the first floor balcony.
On the groundfloor, you will find the following exhibitions:
Here you find one of Europe's most important gold collections. Beautiful crafted pieces of jewellery are on display. For example, gold dress fasteners, gold ribbon torcs,...
This exhibitions shows major religious artifacts of early and christian ireland. For example, there is the fabulous Ardagh Chalice which is one of the greastest treasures of the early Irish church. It was discovered as part of a hoard in the 19th century by a man digging potatoes in Ardagh.
The Faddan more Psalter:
This book of psalms was only discovered in 2006 by chance in a bog in Tipperary and has been skilfully preserved for future generastions.
Prehistoric Ireland :
Here you can discover the tools and weapons used during the stone age to bronze age.
Kingship and sacrifice:
This room is just spectacular. Here you can come face to face with iron age bog bodies. It is amazing to see the detail of these bodies, from nails to hair, it has all been preserved .This exhibition focusses on human sacrifice and the disposition of bodies in bogs at the tribal bounderies.
Further exhibitions are hill of Tara, viking Ireland, medieval ireland, ancient Egypt,... If you find yourself in Dublin and you have some spare time, the National Museum of Ireland - Archeology (https://www.museum.ie/Home) should be on everybody's to do list.