The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Dublin
Free Admission Tourist Attraction in Ireland #3
The Archaeology Museum in Dublin is one of several national museums operated by the Irish State and is free to visit. The Museum is situated among a number of visitor attractions and is located on Kildare Street in the very heart of Dublin City. The National Parliament (Dail Eireann) is only a matter of a few steps away. The museum boasts a number of collections with perhaps the most famous being the Treasury Collection.
Here you can view the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard, as well as the Faddan More Psalter exhibition. Other collections include the 'Kingship and Sacrifice' collection and an important collection of Irish gold artifacts. The Viking collection is also one of the highlights of any visit to the museum. Audio Guides are available at the reception desk and are a great way to enhance your visit. If you prefer you can also download the guided tour to your own MP3 player or smartphone. The museum hosts talks and tours that are free to attend and you can even book a place online - its free!
Visits to museums such as this are not to everyone's taste and the sheer multitude of the collections in the museum can be overwhelming. However, to anyone with even a passing interest in history then this is not to be missed. Be sure to take the audio tour if you do visit! Afterwards you can easily stroll to St. Stephens Green or Trinity College or any of the multitude of other visitor attractions that are located nearby. The surrounding streets have plenty of cafes and restaurants to cater for every taste. The Luas (light-rail trams) stop only a few hundred yards away while the DART stations at Pearse Street or even Connolly Station are just a brief walk away. A fantastic way to spend a few hours exploring Ireland's history.
Audio Guide Download: http://www.museum.ie/Archaeology/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/The-Treasury/Treasury-Audioguide
Free Museum Poster (PDF - at bottom of this web-page): http://www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/treasury.aspx
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