National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is the national museum in Ireland. It has three branches in Dublin and one in County Mayo, with a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture and natural history.

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology on Kildare Street has displays on prehistoric Ireland, including early work in gold, church treasures and objects from the Viking and medieval periods.

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, including the Great Seal of the Irish Free State, is the part of the collection kept at the Collins Barracks site, a former military barracks named after Michael Collins. This section has displays of furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware, as well as examples of folk life and costume, and money and weapons.

The Natural History Museum is on Merrion Street in Dublin and houses specimens of animals from around the world.

Country Life - the most recent part of the museum to be opened - is located just outside Turlough Village in County Mayo, and is focused on ordinary life from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, with much of the material coming from rural Ireland in the 1930s.

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National Museum of Ireland