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What are the Historical Collections of the National Museum?

The 10,000 objects in this catalogue include selections from the following Historical Collections

Military History Collection (16th to 20th centuries)

Includes uniforms and uniform accessories, militaria, firearms and bladed weapons, medals and military documents relating to Irish soldiers in the British, American and Irish armies and beyond.

Water bottle of the 69th Regiment, New York Volunteers, c.1900. (Object Number HA:2002.26)


Historical Collection (18th to 20th centuries)

Includes 18th century pamphlets, tickets and currency, material relating to the 1798 Rebellion, the 1803 Rebellion, Catholic Emancipation, the Repeal of the Union Movement, the Young Ireland Movement, the Irish Republican Brotherhood and Fenian Movement, Home Rule, the Land Wars, and the formation of the Irish Free State to about the 1940s. 

Daniel O'Connell's 'Repeal' cap, which was presented to him at the Monster Meeting at Mullaghmast, Co. Kildare, in 1843. (Object Number HH:1921.403.1)


Easter Week Collection (early 20th century; c.1890s to 1923)

Includes material dating from the establishment of the Gaelic League, the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan, Fianna Eireann and other nationalist groups, the Labour Wars, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and Irish Civil War, to the formation of the Irish Free State. The collection also includes the Joseph Cashman Photograph Collection, and a large collection of internment art and autograph books.

A pen originally belonging to Michael Collins, with which he allegedly used to sign the Anglo-Irish Treaty, 1921. (Object Number HE:1995.24)


Flags and Banners Collection (17th to 20th centuries)

Includes military and naval flags, and trade and political banners.

Flag of the Dillon Regiment, an Irish Regiment in the 18th century French Army, during the Wars of the Austrian Succession from 1740 to 1748. (Object Number HH:L.1530)


Transport Collection (19th century)

Includes 18th and 19th century coaches and carriages, the Bantry Boat (1796), and paper material such as schedules, models, photographs, drawings and tickets relating to 19th  century railway in Ireland.

Model Steam Train Engine; number 22. The Dublin to Wexford railway line, c. 1865. (Object Number HH:1940.109.1)


Presidential Collection (20th century)

Includes the gifts presented by State leaders to Irish Presidents throughout the 20th century.

Replica of the George Washington Sword presented to Eamon de Valera by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963. (Object Number DH:2001.14)


Cartographic Collection (17th to 19th centuries)

Includes maps of Ireland and its provinces from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

Map, ‘The Kingdome of Ireland’. Froms Speed's Atlas, 1610. (Object Number HH:1905.186)


Decorative Arts Collections

The Decorative Arts Collections also include some objects closely associated with historical events or personalities.

Gold Presentation Cup made by Irish emigrants, the Hackett Brothers, in Melbourne and presented to Young Irelander William Smith O’Brien on his release from prison in Van Diemen's Land, Australia, in 1854. (Object Number DM:1874.6)