Rainy day museums:
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
Whenever a friend comes to visit me in Dublin, I take them to the National Museum on Kildare Street. More specifically, I take them to the Kinship and Sacrifice exhibit, where you’ll find the Iron Age bog bodies. These bodies were preserved in the boglands of Ireland for centuries, and they are remarkably intact -- they have fingernails, hair, even eyelashes! The stories behind their (often gruesome) demises are absolutely fascinating. It’s morbid, yes, but also utterly captivating and uniquely Irish.
National Gallery of Ireland
Roaming this grand, rambling museum -- part Georgian mansion, part modernist masterpiece -- is an easy way to kill a few hours. Even when it’s lashing outside, it’s glorious in here, especially in the light-filled indoor courtyard. An added bonus? It’s all free.
Highlights include a gorgeous Caravaggio, and a huge installation by artist Joe Caslin of a figure sitting between the storeys. If you can wangle the timings, pop in between 5:30pm and 6:30pm on a Thursday, or 2pm and 3pm on a Sunday. There’s a beautiful (but delicate) watercolor, Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, that’s only on view between those hours.