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Antiquities Collections

The collections, archives and displays of the Irish Antiquities division are housed mainly in the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.


The archaeological collection is the primary repository of ancient Irish artefacts and an indispensable source for researchers into the development of Irish civilisation from prehistoric times until the end of the Middle Ages and beyond. The period covered by the exhibitions extends from the Mesolithic through to the end of the medieval period, and includes internationally known treasures such as the Ardagh Chalice, 'Tara' Brooch and Derrynaflan Hoard.