From the Old Jameson Distillery, we moved towards the National Museum of Ireland which is considered to be made up of one branch in County Mayo and three others in Dublin. The
best thing about all the branches of the Museum is that each one lays special focus on natural history, culture and art of Ireland. We didn’t have to pay anything to enter the museum which was
undoubtedly a great opportunity.
The entire museum is made up of various historical works in gold, treasures from medieval and Viking periods as well as objects from churches. It also organizes the Kingship and Sacrifice
exhibition which enables you to have a view at Ralaghan man and preserved bog bodies. One can also find various items from Rome, Cyprus and Egypt put on display. On entering the museum, we could
spot figures representing the Celtic metalwork from the early medieval period. These included Derrynaflan Hoard, Tara Brooch and Ardagh Chalice.
It also has pieces like Iron Age Broighter Gold, 50 gold lunulas and many Bronze Jewellery items, belonging to the prehistoric period. One of the members told me that the pieces were discovered by agricultural labourers and poor people when they went to cultivate land which remained unexplored since the medieval period.
He also told us about the contribution of the Royal Irish Academy, George Petrie and Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland in finding out all the metalwork present in the museum. The Decorative Arts and History section comprises of the Great Seal of Irish Free State which was kept in the Collins Barracks site.
The section is made up of exhibits such as glassware, ceramics, silver, furniture and enables you to have an idea about the folk life, weapons, money and costume that existed in Ireland at different periods of history. We also spotted a porcelain vase from China belonging to 1300 AD and some replicas of six Irish High Crosses.
We also came across Soldiers and Chief exhibits where there were many military memorabilia and artifacts showcasing the history of Ireland military since 1550 AD. The National Museum of Ireland
also consists of specimens of various animals found in different corners of the world.