Dublin Museums and Galleries

Entrance to the public collections of these galleries and museums (except Glasnevin) is free of charge however fees apply to temporary exhibitions.

Galleries

National Gallery of Ireland

Situated only a short walk away on Merrion Square, the National Gallery holds an impressive collection of Irish and European fine arts from the early thirteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Entrance to the permanent collection is free and the gallery hosts a number of wonderful exhibitions throughout the year.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Displaying selections of the national collection of modern and contemporary arts and hosting visiting exhibitions, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is located on Military Road 3km west of us near Kilmainham. We recommend hopping on the Red Luas or take Dublin Bus 26, 51 or 79 from the Quays.


Hugh Lane Gallery

Founded by Sir Hugh Lane, the collection includes nearly 2,000 artworks including pieces by impressionist masters Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas. The Hugh Lane Gallery is on Parnell Square about 20 minutes walk at the top of O’Connell Street.


Museums


Chester Beatty Library

Situated within the walls of Dublin Castle, the Chester Beatty Library collection captures human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day through a wide selection of early books, sacred texts and beautifully illuminated manuscripts.


National Museums of Ireland

Each of the collections have tales to tell. See treasures from the edges of history and trace Ireland’s story from fascinating fossils to popular culture at the National Museums of Ireland.

  • Archaeology

    The archaeological collections cover Irish material culture from the earliest times and include incredible examples of metalwork, Celtic Gold and ecclesiastical objects.

    Archaeology is conveniently located on Kildare Street next to the entrance to Dail Eirann and less than 10 minutes walk from Premier Suites
  • Decorative Arts & History

    Chart Ireland's progress through the ages with artefacts ranging from silver, ceramic and glassware to weaponry, furniture and examples of folk life and dress.

    Situated in Collins Barracks, Decorative Arts & History is most easily reached by taking the Red Luas from Abbey Street directly to the museum.
  • Natural History

    The natural sciences collections cover zoology and geology with one of the world's finest and fullest collections, many pieces presented in their original Victorian cabinet style.

    You can walk to the Natural History museum on Merrion Square in about 5 minutes.

  • The fourth collection, Country Life, is at Turlough Park in Castlebar, County Mayo.


Glasnevin Museum

A must for anyone with family connections to North Dublin or an interest in genealogy. Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place to more than 1.5 million people including Daniel O’Connell, Éamon de Valera and Michael Collins. The museum includes three main exhibits: the City of the Dead, situated in the basement and providing an evocatively eerie setting for details of burial practices and church records of the dead; the Milestone Gallery, with changing exhibitions on historical figures; and the Prospect Gallery, which offers views of the cemetery and details of its most important features.

Glasnevin Museum is served by a number of Dublin Bus routes including the 13 from Merrion Square, 19 or 40 from Westmoreland Street. 

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