Top Ten Tour
Explore 7,000 years of Irish history through 10 exciting artefacts including the gold lunula, Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice
On this page, you can find out what you can do at the Museum, in the classroom and online
At the Museum
All groups who are coming to the Museum must book their visit with the Bookings Office.
On this tour you can:
Span almost 8,000 years of Irish History through 10 exciting objects from the Mesolithic to the Early Christian Period
See how people in Mesolithic Ireland caught their fish with our 9,000 year old fish-trap
Hear how our first metalworkers turned gold from the soil into stunning neck ornaments shaped like half moons
Learn how experts discovered which type of shield was best for prehistoric battle through Experimental Archaeology
Discover the stories behind the impressive 'Tara' Brooch
Top Ten Objects
1. Fish-trap, Clowanstown, Co. Meath, 5300-4730 BC.
2. Macehead, passage tomb, Knowth, Co. Meath 3300 BC.
3. Dug-out canoe, Lurgan, Co. Galway, 2500 BC.
4. Macehead, passage tomb, Knowth, Co. Meath 3300 BC.
5. Gold lunula, Rossmore Park, Co. Monaghan, c. 2000 BC
6. Gold torcs, Tara, Co. Meath 1000 BC.
7. Bronze shield, near Lough Gur, Co. Limerick. C.700 BC.
8. Carved stone head, Corleck, Co. Cavan, 200-100 BC.
9. Gold hoard, Broighter, Co. Derry, 100 BC.
10. The ‘Tara’ brooch, Bettystown, Co. Meath, 8th century AD.
11. The Ardagh chalice, Co. Limerick, 8th century AD.
Key Curriculum Strands
How we find out about the past
The work of the historian
Our roots in ancient civilization
Time and chronology
Technology and innovation
Continuity and change over time
Life, society, work and culture in the past
Maximum 30 per group. Duration 50 minutes. Wheelchair accessible.
Tours and workshops should be booked at least two weeks in advance, via the Bookings Office.
To make the most of your visit, we recommend that you plan activities for your students to complete.
In The Classroom
Here are some suggested follow up activities:
Create a timeline using drawings inspired by your Museum visit, such as Mesolithic arrowheads, Bronze Age lunulae or shields. Add to this timeline as more topics are covered.
Useful link: Archaeology in the Classroom
We are continually improving and adding to our online resourses.
Looking for information on exhibitions and collections?
Take a look around:
Download our free guidebook:
Archaeology Guidebook EN (2.26 MB, Adobe PDF)
Download our free audio-guide:
The Treasury-Celtic and Early Christian Ireland Exhibition
Looking for a particular object?
Try our Artefacts Search
Information on the Mesolithic Clowanstown Fish-Trap:
Fishtraps article (1.07 MB, Adobe PDF)
Seanda article on fish traps (2.08 MB, Adobe PDF)
Information on the Faddan More Psalter:
Faddan More Psalter - Explore the Text (0.86 MB, Adobe PDF)