Visited on 22nd April 2015
The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, on Kildare Street in Dublin, first opened its doors in 1890 and since then it has been filling in the blanks for academics and tourists through its extensive archaeological collections.
Address: Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 677 7444
The Museum opening hours are: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2pm- 5pm
Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday
Admission is Free
Photography allowed without flash (some areas have a no photo rule!)
Ancient Egyptian Collection (Room 7)
The origins of the collection
A showcase of the National Museum of Ireland’s Egyptian collection, the majority of artefacts were acquired from excavations carried out in Egypt between the 1890s and the 1920s and range in date from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages.
mummy coffin of the lady Tentdinebu (the gilt and painted cartonnage case of the mummy Tentdinebu dated to the 22nd Dynasty c. 945 – 716 BC)
During the late 19th Century the Museum received a share in several major divisions of finds from the excavations of the Egypt Exploration Fund, London, including sites such as Hieraconpolis, Deir el-Bahri, Ehnasya, Oxyrhynchus, Tarkhan and Riqqa. The exhibition includes finds collected by Irish travellers such as Lady Harriet Kavanagh.
Among the most important objects exhibited are the mummy portraits of a woman and a young boy from Hawara dated to the first/second Century AD;
and a model of a wooden boat dated to the early 12th Dynasty c. 1900 BC.
There are also a number of important stelae, tomb furniture, offering tables, jewellery and household equipment.