The National Museum of Ireland
National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Ireland’s National Museum consists of four different premises, each with a specific focus. On Dublin’s Kildare Street, The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology houses a rich collection of prehistoric artefacts from home and abroad, most notably items of Celtic art and a selection of incredibly well-preserved Iron Age ‘bog bodies’ exhumed from Irish peat bogs.
National Museum of Ireland – Natural History
Close by on Merrion Street, the cabinet-style Natural History Museum – locally known as ‘The Dead Zoo’ – champions zoology and geology through a selection of exhibits that includes the full-size skeletons of long-extinct giant deer that once lived in Ireland.
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks has a permanent exhibition posthumously celebrating renowned Irish furniture designer Eileen Gray, examples of pioneering 21st-century Irish craft, and other collections that focus on both Irish and international design. Arguably its most famous item is the Fonthill Vase, the earliest documented piece of Chinese porcelain in Europe. In 2016, temporary exhibitions marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising rebellion were added, several of which are still running at the time of writing.
National Museum of Ireland – Country Life
The fourth and final branch of the National Museum of Ireland is based in County Mayo in the west of the country. Opened in 2001, the Museum of Country Life highlights how rural Irish people lived during the period between 1850 and 1950.