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Top 10 Things for Families

From Vikings to Ancient Egypt, Prehistoric Ireland to Bog Bodies, there's plenty to capture the imagination of all the family.

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1. A landmark building

Did you know the Museum was built almost 130 years ago? It was designed by the renowned architect Thomas Newenham Deane and his son Thomas Manly Deane. Look around this impressive landmark building and think about how you would design a museum today!

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2. All about Vikings!

Learn all about Ireland's Vikings and see one of the greatest collections of Viking finds in Europe.

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3. Ancient Egypt

Learn more about Ancient Egypt, gods and temples, mummies, pharaohs and the Nile Valley through the Museum's extensive Collection of artefacts excavated in Egypt between the 1890s and 1920s.

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4. Attend an event together

The Musuem offers a year-round programme of free workshops and tours for all ages. Browse the latest programme and choose a fun event to attend together.

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5. Brian Boru

Clontarf is probably the best-known battle in Irish history but is the legend of a great victory for the Christian King of Ireland, Brian Boru, against the pagan Vikings, really correct? Find out in the Clontarf 1014 exhibition.

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6. Don't forget to look down!

The Museum's mosaic floors actually depict scenes from classical mythology. Can you see the zodiac design in the rotunda? The rest of the interior is richly decorated with motifs inspired by the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome.

7. Family trail

Challenge yourself to an activity trail through the Museum galleries. Family favourites include the Viking Challenge, Treasure Trail or My Favourite Object.

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8. Ireland's greatest treasures

Explore some of Ireland's most iconic artefacts in The Treasury exhibition, including the Ardagh Chalice, the 'Tara' Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard

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9. Kingship and Sacrifice

Visit the Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition to see the world famous Iron Age bog bodies. Learn about Cashel Man - who lived and died over 4,000 years ago!

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10. The Faddan More Psalter

Imagine finding a 1,200-year-old book in the bog? Learn about the medieval Book of Psalms known as the Faddan More Psalter, which dates to approximately AD 800 and was discovered by chance in a Co. Tipperary bog in 2006.

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