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Collins barracks could be said to be the National Museum of Ireland’s largest irish artefact, having had a unique history all its own in another life. On display, you’ll find fine examples of silver, ceramics, glassware, weaponry, furniture, folklife, clothing, jewellery, coins and medals. All of these displayed with imagination in innovative and contemporary galleries, which entice you to go further, look harder and examine more closely. All galleries are fully wheelchair accessible.

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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
Benburb Street
Dublin 7 Dublin

Museum type(s)

Art & Design History & Anthropology

Topics

Modern art Contemporary art Language & Literature Children War Religion Profession & Craft Applied art Industrial heritage

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Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sunday 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Notes

Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays, Good Friday and Christmas Day).

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Admission

Free Admission.

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Facilities


  • Restaurant

  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Child friendly

  • Parking

Location

Benburb Street, Dublin, Ireland

Exhibitions

Permanent exhibitions

 
21st Century Irish Craft

21st Century Irish Craft

Temporary Exhibition. This exhibition showcases examples of the best of Irish ceramics, glass, furniture, wood turning, jewellery, accessories and silverware.
A Dubliner's Collection of Asian Art - The Albert Bender Exhibition

A Dubliner's Collection of Asian Art - The Albert Bender Exhibition

Learn about the Museum's Asian art collection and its donor, Irish-American, Albert Bender.
Airgead: A Thousand Years of Irish Coins & Currency

Airgead: A Thousand Years of Irish Coins & Currency

The story of coins and money in Ireland from the 10th century to the present day.
Asgard

Asgard

Discover the historic Asgard yacht. Learn about the 1914 Howth Gun Running & Irish Volunteers. Meet Erskine Childers & Roger Casement.
Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft

Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft

Temporary Exhibition. An exhibition that illustrates the best of Irish contemporary craft and design from both home and abroad.
Curator's Choice

Curator's Choice

Trace Decorative Arts & History with 25 special objects from our Collections. See items from around the world, ancient, medieval & modern.
Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray

Meet Ireland's pioneer of 20th Century design and architecture. Explore modernism through her interiors and furniture. Includes Chrome Table & Non-conformist Chair.
Franciscan Faith: Sacred Art in Ireland 1600 - 1750

Franciscan Faith: Sacred Art in Ireland 1600 - 1750

Temporary Exhibition. Explore history of the Franciscan Order in 17th & 18th Century Ireland. See religious silver, chalices & crosses.
Ib Jorgensen – A Fashion Retrospective

Ib Jorgensen – A Fashion Retrospective

Temporary Exhibition. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Danish born Ib Jorgensen was one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers.
Irish Country Furniture

Irish Country Furniture

Explore traditional rural life through domestic furniture such as dressers, seating & ceramics.
Irish Silver Exhibition

Irish Silver Exhibition

See one of the largest collection of Irish silver in the world. Trace the silversmith's craft from early 17th Century Baroque to Celtic Revival & contemporary eras.
Out of Storage

Out of Storage

This double-height gallery is designed to give the visitor an impression of the range of artefacts in the reserve collections of the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.
Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising

Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising

Temporary Exhibition. The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising with an exciting new exhibition.
Reconstructed Rooms: Four Centuries of Furnishings

Reconstructed Rooms: Four Centuries of Furnishings

Step through Four Centuries of Furnishings. From Georgian era to contemporary Irish furniture design.
Recovered voices; the Stories of the Irish at War, 1914-15

Recovered voices; the Stories of the Irish at War, 1914-15

Temporary Exhibition. Detailing the stories of 21 Irishmen and women, the exhibition uses original objects and interactive material to illustrate the human impact of the war on their lives.
Soldiers and Chiefs - The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the present day

Soldiers and Chiefs - The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the present day

Explore Irish military history. Visit Collins Barracks to meet grenadiers, mercenaries, and musketeers. Trace the Wild Geese across Europe.
The Way We Wore

The Way We Wore

The history of Irish fashion in clothing & jewellery. See garments made in Irish fabrics and the importance of textile production and clothing manufacture to the economy of the country.
War in the Mud, The Irish soldier in Belgium in the summer of 1917

War in the Mud, The Irish soldier in Belgium in the summer of 1917

Temporary Exhibition. It explains what happened to the Irish soldier on the Western Front in the summer of 1917.
What's In Store?

What's In Store?

Explore Museum collections normally kept in storage. Includes Asian lacquer, jade & enamel, Irish scientific instruments & ceramics, as well as Roman, Persian and Art Nouveau glass.

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