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Glendalough: Artefacts and Archaeology

The National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology is excited to host a weekend of events centred on the display of a unique LEGO model of the valley of Glendalough, on November 12 and 13. Made out of 44,388 bricks, the model shows how the monastic site might have looked in medieval times. The displays will also feature the longest LEGO wall ever made in Ireland, which has bene made by the people of Co. Wicklow.

Built by brick artist Jessica Farrell and inspired by archaeological discoveries about the valley, the LEGO model includes displays of what daily life might have been like in the valley for monks and pilgrims, and references some of the objects on display at the museum s Glendalough exhibition. This summer, members of the public visiting the model in local libraries throughout Co Wicklow, had the chance to see the model and take part in LEGO building workshops. Under the guidance of Jessica Farrell, they made segments of a traditional stone wall in LEGO and created the longest wall made of LEGO in Ireland, over twelve metres in length. Both the LEGO model and the wall will be on display this coming weekend at NMI-Archaeology.

The model and wall have been at the museum in recent weeks and people who are in Direct Provision at Baleskin attended activities, creating additional segments for the wall, whilst also learning about the objects in the museum.

Questions and Answers

Who made the Lego model? Brick artist, Jessica Farrell

How many Lego bricks are in it? 44,388

National Museum Of Ireland Archaeology

National Museum of Ireland Archaeology

Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann Seandálaíocht
Location of the museum in Dublin
Established 29 August 1890
Maeve Sikora, July, 2017
Public transit access Dublin Bus routes: 39, 39a, 46a, 145

The National Museum of Ireland Archaeology is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland located on Kildare Street in Dublin, Ireland, that specialises in Irish and other antiquities dating from the Stone Age to the Late Middle Ages.

The museum was established under the Science and Art Museum Act of 1877. Before, its collections had been divided between the Royal Dublin Society and the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street. The museum was built by the father and son architects Thomas Newenham Deane and Thomas Manly Deane.

The NMI’s collection contains artifacts from prehistoric Ireland including bog bodies, Iron and Bronze Age objects such as axe-heads, swords and shields in bronze, silver and gold, with the earliest dated to c. 7000 BC. It holds the world’s most substantial collection post-Roman era Irish medieval art . In addition, it houses a substantial collection of medieval metalwork, Viking artefacts including swords and coins, and classical objects from Ancient Egypt, Cyprus and the Roman world.

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Images:1. Visitors viewing the exhibitions at NMI – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks2. Micheál Kilcoyne, ATU Connemara, with his chair that is now on display at the NMI – Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo3. Bronze Age Handling Box, NMI – Archaeology4. NMI Zoology Curator, Dr Amy Geraghty, NMI – Natural History5. Imaging Conflict exhibition, NMI – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks7. Late Bronze Age, Dowris Hoard, Doorosheath, Co. Offaly, NMI Collections8. Ib Jorgensen exhibition, NMI – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks9. What’s the Scéal? mini-symposium, NMI – Country Life, Castlebar, Mayo10. Decorated lead weights, Islandbridge, Dublin, c, AD.900, NMI Collections R2417, right R2413.11. Exterior of NMI – Archaeology10. Video:’Meet the Sharks’, NMI – Natural HistoryOur mailing address is:

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The Shrine of the Cathach-Objects associated with saints were revered in the medieval period. These objects relics were held in containers known as reliquaries.

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The archaeological collection is the primary repository of ancient Irish artefacts.

The collection is an indispensable source for researchers into the development of Irish civilization from prehistoric times until the end of the Middle Ages and beyond.

Core collections assembled in the late 18th and 19th centuries by the Royal Dublin Society and the Royal Irish Academy have expanded over the last 100 years to number in excess of two million objects.

National Museum Of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland
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The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, on Kildare Street in Dublin, first opened its doors in 1890 and since then it has been a must-see attraction for its extensive archaeological collections.

Take time at The Treasury which features outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch, St Patrick’s Bell and the Derrynaflan Hoard.

Gaze in wonder at the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, which is to be found in Or, Ireland’s Gold. The collection of prehistoric goldwork ranges in date between 2200 BC and 500 BC. Most are pieces of jewellery but the precise function of some is unknown.

Ramble through Prehistoric Ireland and see a reconstructed Passage Tomb as well as tools, pottery and personal objects of the Neolithic farmers, including a beautifully decorated flint mace head from Knowth.

The Viking Ireland exhibition explores the Viking Age in Ireland through surviving objects including objects from Viking graves of the 9th and 10th centuries and from settlement sites of the 10th to 12th centuries. At the centre of the exhibition is a display of finds from the Museums excavations in Dublin, at Wood Quay, the most important Viking site in Ireland.

Other exhibits include Ancient Egypt, Ceramics & Glass from Ancient Cyprus and Roger Casement – Voice of the Voiceless.

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Name And New Building

Giescke was the first to refer to the museum as the “National Museum of Ireland”, in 1832, in his catalogue of the entomology and ornithology specimens. After Giescke’s death in 1833, John Scouler was appointed curator in 1834. During this time the collections were open to public two days a week from noon to 3pm, and to students at all times.

By this time the need for a new museum was deemed to be critical. This led to the construction of the building which now houses the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street. With the planned expansion and development of the museum, Scouler requested that a curator or Director be employed by the RDS. This led to the appointment of Alexander Carte in 1851. Carte overhauled and reorganised the collections, overseeing acquisitions from Sir Francis McClintock, Sir William Wilde, and Sir Richard Griffith.

The museum took part in the International Exhibition of Art-Industry of 1853, exhibiting objects in the Hall of Antiquities, along with the RIA. Following this the museum opened five days a week to the public.

Well Worth A Visit Or Two

One of the best places to pass a few hours and to engage in some culture indoors when the weather isn’t the best. One visit is never enough…


Absolutely amazing! The National Museum of Ireland is my second favorite museum .To say that this museum is impressive would be an understatement. This museum specializes in Irish and other antiquities that date from the Stone Ages.Free admission!

This museum was even better than I had imagined….so much to see and over such a long history. Impressed that there is no entrance fees and photography is allowed. The Egyptian section is well done….guessing that GEM with be asking for their pieces back for when it finally opens in Giza. Highly recommend you spend some time here.

The collection is mainly comprised of a huge variety of items retrieved from the bogs. It was incredibly interesting to see the bog bodies, which are preserved as if they died weeks ago rather than hundreds of years ago. The bog body exhibition is laid out well, to inspire wonder and contemplation. I found the museum interesting and informative. It is free to enter, a donation of 5 is recommended.

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