Within no time we reached the place. I was marveled by the splendid structure, which was designed as a dome with colonnaded entrance. Our guide promptly guessed my curiosity and came close to share some information about the architecture of the building. I understood that it was designed by a father and son duo, eminent Cork architects, Thomas Newenham Deane and Thomas Manly Deane.
I was completely soaked in the atmosphere when I saw the magnificent mosaic floors demonstrating the pages from classical mythology. It was astonishing to watch the treasures of the medieval Ireland, as early as from Pre-Christian to Renaissance.
We walked through the passage, which was quiet and entered a gallery where we found interesting exhibits of prehistoric gold work. I learned that it dated back to 2200 BC. The museum also exhibited bog bodies of Iron Age and I was enthused to learn that untiring investigations are carried out to learn more about the past.
Advancing further to the first floor, we came across the Viking Age, depiction human life in the ninth and tenth centuries. There were a lot of silver ornaments depicting the existence of Scandinavians, as well as Irish settlements during this period. The next was the twelfth century gothic Irish society, consisting of lords, common and clergy people.
There were also exclusive Egyptian and Cypriot collections that depicted the 19th century human settlement and the excavations the Irish conducted during the period. We spent a complete four hours journey, going to the past and returning to the present. The entry in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology was completely free and I was amazed how it was possible.