National Archaeology Museum:7 Amazing Exhibitions you must see

National Archaeology Museum


Among all the archaeological museums we have visited in the past, the National Archaeology museum in Dublin struck

national archeology museum in Dublin

National Archeology museum in Dublin

the chord for us. There are ancient artifacts displayed as attractions that are as old as 7000BC, but, that does not mean that there are only ancient stuff contained in the galleries of this museum.

You will be surprised by the fact that there were current artifacts on display too, some of which were from the 20th century. Exploring the thrilling archaeological exhibitions in the national museum is one of the great things to do in Dublin.
Quit worrying about what to do in Dublin, from our experience we recommend going to see the following amazing exhibitions at the National Archaeology Museum.

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1. Rites of Passage at Tara Exhibition

The Hill of Tara is the focus of this exhibition, presenting the most ancient monument of this particular hill. It shows the mount of hostages as it was called that concealed the tombstone for burial which is called the passage tomb developed in 3000 BC. I found this to be one of the oldest exhibitions visited, because its history goes way back to even 100 BC. And the tomb in reference was used as a mass burial site for over 1500 years. So, the Rites of Passage at Tara exhibition consists of all the artifacts excavated from this site, containing a lot of archaeological facts symbolizing the exchange of hostages that transacted at that point.


2. The Treasury Exhibition

This exhibition was actually the best for us, maybe because we have this strange fascination with beautiful antiques. You should make up your mind to see this as one of the fabulous things to do in Dublin. It displays artifacts of Irish creative skills that are as old as fifteen centuries in the past. Our best piece was Tara Brooch that is a very uniquely shaped brooch jewelry that was discovered at Bettystown. There are other collections like the Lismore crozier, the popular ardagh chalice, the bell of St. Patrick and its shrine and the Broighter collar which is a pure gold collar at Lough Foyle’s shore at Broighter. The collection of treasures we just mentioned are just a few out of the whole lot, obviously the ones that caught our eye. We know you will love all the beautiful treasures of jewels at this exhibition, even better than I did.


3. Clontarf 1014 Exhibition

This significant exhibition displays the artifacts for the Clontarf and Brian Boru fighting was took place in 1014. And this battle occurred during Easter, exactly on a good Friday (April 23), this exhibition is consistently displayed as a memorial of this battle every good Friday at the national museum. Top pieces out of this collection are – the lough derg sword that was found in1988 at the base of Brian Boru, there is also the Limerick Silver Neck Ring which is a twisted by Viking rings for the neck. Several other amazing relics are in this exhibition collection.


4. Kingship and Sacrifice Exhibition

This exhibition show cased the quagmire bodies and sacrificial ceremonial dresses of the Iron Age as an exact representation of the authority and kingship rites in these times. I found these as the best horror exhibition, I went to see this out of curiosity although I have never fancied anything around the horror lane, however, my best friend was so thrilled after seeing this, she just loves scary sights like this, and maybe you are like her too. If you are a fan of horror themes, then make this exhibition top on what to do in Dublin list. It contains relics called New theory of sacrifice, Cashel man, bog bodies research project and lots more.


5. Ancient Egypt Exhibition

This was seeing all about Egypt in Dublin for me, with this exhibition I journey far into the ancient Egyptian period and got a lot of experience from my survey at the national archeological museum. All about the tombs, hieroglyphics, temples, mummies and pharaohs of Egypt are on display to make you feel as though you were walking along one of the pyramids in Egypt. The relics on display were acquired brought out of Egypt between 1890 and 1920, transcending from the stone to the middle centuries. One of the most distinct relics shown in this exhibit is mummy Tentdinebu’s gold-plated and tinted cartonnage case from 945BC to 716BC.

6. Vikings Ireland

This showcases a home based exhibition featuring the famous archeological artifacts of the Vikings and the way their rule transformed the whole of Ireland from the period of 800 AD to 1150 AD. Most collections where retrieved from this period and also from the grave sides of these famous kings all between the 9th century and the 12th century. They also consisted of diggings retrieved from Dublin and other parts of Ireland.


7. Ancient Cyprus Exhibition

This spectacular exhibition was the thing on what to do in Dublin list that I created, because I relished the sight of these beautiful ceramics and glass antiques displayed from ancient Cyprus origin. Through this I got to know all about the Cyprus and its Bronze Age and also Roman Age. The artifacts on show were all dug out of the ground from several archeological tombs during the 19th century. It consist of some items as old as 2500 BC which is called the Bronze Age. Some other items were dated back to 300 AD, which are the more recent Roman Age.

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