After breakfast, myself and a new friend I acquired over breakfast, we headed to the town, and our first proper stop was the National Museum – Archaeology at Kildare Street. The entrance is free, but you may donate something at the door if you wish. It is recommended, but I didn’t donate, either. But then again, backpackers have a budget so of course we save a penny anywhere we can 😉
I was surprised how small the museum was, but after a while of thinking I realized that after the British Museum everything seems small. The exhibition was also a bit scattered and confusing. I’m sure the audio guide would’ve helped, but I like to go to museums at my own pace and read about the things I find interesting. In this particular museum, there were a lot of my favorite subjects: Vikings, Celtic Culture and the Middle Ages.
There was one good side to the small size of the museum. If one was in a rush, but still would want to check it out, one could go through the exhibition in an hour or even less, depending on what you want to focus on, but you can also indulge yourself to the history, getting it all in and really paying attention to details. I am guilty of rushing through the boring parts (not just in museums), and I would really like to learn to take my time, and more importantly, to actually learn something and remember what I’ve learned weeks after. I think it’s somewhat a matter of practise, but also, some people (like myself) don’t like to stay in one place and focus on one thing at a time.
All and all, for a free entry, it is definitely worth visiting, and perfect for budget-travelling. Not to mention for some rainy-day activity, in case someone is made from sugar and can’t stand the rain. I, to a certain measure happen to like a gloomy weather. And then again, it is Ireland. Everything’s better in there. Even rain 😉
Do you like visiting museums whilst travelling?