GAA football rules as revised at Thurles, County Tipperary in January, 1888
The thylacine is an extinct species of marsupial mammal, formerly found in mainland Australia and later confined to Tasmania. It is commonly known as the ‘Tasmanian tiger’ or ‘Tasmanian wolf’.
A decorative antler point with potential origins in Viking Dublin
A pipefish was caught by a terrier dog in North Bull Island and donated to the museum in 1930.
Decorated in the Marine Style and dating to circa 1450 BC.
The ‘My Home’ Book of Etiquette and Entertaining, booklet by Lady Troubridge, 1938
A thorny devil - Moloch horridus - also known as horned dragon, mountain devil, thorny lizard, thorny devil or simply moloch.
A curious carved ivory object shows an attack scene between a possible polar bear and a Greenlander.
Discovered in county Sligo in the mid-nineteenth century among the Rathbarran grave goods and transferred to the Science and Art Museum in 1890, it has been suggested that this most unusual disc might be a lunar disc.
These two harps were carved from the shoulder blades of an animal. They were carved by Irish Republican POWs interned in the Curragh, Co. Kildare, 1923.
The “Fassaroe Natural History Collection” was bequeathed to the National Museum of Ireland in October 1916 following the death of R.M. Barrington in 1915.
This specimen was once thought to represent the earliest life on Earth.
The bittern was a common bird in Ireland until the mid-19th century. It used to live here all year round but is a rare winter visitor nowadays.
A nineteenth century example of an Irish musical instrument.
This photograph album tells the story of Dublin brothers Thomas, a professional soldier in the British Army, and Joseph McEnroe, a volunteer who enlisted in 1916. Their combined service covered the war years from 1914 to 1919.
A ceremonial drinking vessel with body and handles crafted from one piece of wood.
The elephant bird is an extinct species of large flightless bird, which once inhabited the island of Madagascar.
A 19th century Flax Clove, known in Irish as a Tlú Lín.
A late 17th Century harp, stated to have belonged to Turlough O’Carolan, the Irish Bard.
What can one small object tell us about status and industry in prehistoric society?
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