Ireland is often referred to as the ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’ and this is truly reflected throughout the wonderful museums and gallery’s that are abundant throughout city. The National Museum of Ireland is divided into three sections including The National Archaeolgy Museum, The National Museum of Decorative Arts and History and the National History Museum.
The National Archaeology Museum
Located within a 10 minute walk from Kilronan House, this fascinating museum displays 1000’s of artefacts from the Celtic Iron Age including weapons, metalwork and jewellery. Irelands national treasures such as the Ardagh Chalice, the Lismore National Crozier and the Tara Brooch can be found here. You may also find Europes largest collection of pre-historic gold object, many Viking and Medieval artefacts.
National History Museum
Opened in 1857 by Dr. David Livingston, this museum houses collections in the disciplines of zoology and geology. See over 2 million specimens within the collections. See native animals, insects and butterflies. If you are not interested in the collections, then even the actual museum building itself is worth a visit as it is noted as being the world’s finest remaining example of a traditional Victorian Museum. The Museum located on Merrion Square West is a 10 minute walk from Kilronan House.
National Museum of Decorative Arts and History
This museum is located in Collins Barracks on the north side of the city, the oldest military barracks in Europe. Here you will find reconstructed rooms from the 17th,18th and 19th century. There are also collections of weaponry, silver, porcelain and a collection of coins from Medieval Dublin. You can take the Luas from O’Connell Street or any bus going towards Heuston Station.
Dublin Writers Museum
This museum is one Dublin’s gems and it was opened in 1991 i a magnificent 18th Century mansion on Parnell Sq in the North city centre. This museum celebrates and exhibits the works of Dublins’ most famous writers from over the last 300 years. See the history and the works of our Nobel Prize Winners and from our most prestigious writers and scholars including Swift, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. This is an absolute ‘must’ for any literary fan on a visit to Dublin.
Chester Beatty Library
Located on the grounds of Dublin Castle, was opened in 1950 to house the collection of Sir Alfred Chesterfield. The collection features manuscripts and scrolls and illuminated masterpieces from around the globe. Each presentation is enhanced by videos and objects d'art that explain and expand on the societies and their written works. The Arabic collection is particularly strong, there's also a full Durer engravings collection, as well as displays of art from Japan, China, Persia, Tibet, Medieval Europe and everywhere else.