On Sunday 29th August 2015, the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street will be celebrating its 125th anniversary. A day of free hands-on activities, talks & demonstrations marking the public opening of the Kildare Street Museum buildings in 1890 have been arranged to celebrate the collections of the Museum of Archaeology. The National Museum of Ireland was founded under the Dublin Science and Art Museum Act of 1877. Previously, the Museum’s collections had been divided between Leinster House, originally the headquarters of the Royal Dublin Society, and the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street, built as an extension to Leinster House in 1856 – 1857. Under the Act, the government purchased the museum buildings and collections. To provide storage and display space for the Leinster House collections, the

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