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Museums, Galleries & Visitor Centres


Chester Beatty Library DublinDublin has many museums and galleries. Those who are interested in culture, art and heritage will find much to do and see in Dublin. Provide below is a short description of each museum, gallery and visitor attraction as well as the opening hours and admission charges.

Bank of Ireland Arts Centre

2 College Green,
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 6801

"200 years of history" - exhibition in the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre. The interactive museum reflects the Irish history and the history of banking. The adjoining College Green building is one of the architectural landmarks of Georgian Dublin and meets the requirements of its former role as the Irish Houses of Parliaments. This edifice encloses tapestries from the 18th century and over a thousand Irish crystal chandeliers from 1765.


Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Friday 09.30-16.00
  • Tour Times: 10.00, 11.00, 15.00
  • Saturday 11.00 - 16.00
  • Tour Times: 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adult: €3
  • Student/Child: €2
  • Family: 2 adults, 2 children (under 16 years) €7.50
  • Pre-booked groups of up to 15: €15
  • Pre-booked groups of 15-25: Free
Chester Beatty Library [ www.cbl.ie ]

Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 407 0750
Fax: 00353 (0)1 407 0760
Email: info@cbl.ie

The Chester Beatty Library is the Irish museum of the year 2000 and European museum of the year 2002. It was created by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and is situated in the gardens of Dublin Castle. It is both, an art museum and a library with an outstanding range of Early Christian, Islamic and East Asian manuscripts and paintings.

Opening Hours:

October - April
  • Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00
May - September:
  • Monday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00
  • Saturday 11.00 - 17.00
  • Sunday 13.00 - 17.00

Admission is free

Combridge Fine Arts

17 Sth. William St
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 4652
Email: artsales@cfa.ie

Combridge Fine Arts have a regular exhibition with paintings by Irish artists. Since 1907 Combridge sell and promote the work of Irish painters.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Saturday 9.30-17.30
Custom House DublinCustom House Visitors Centre

Custom House Quay
Dublin 1
Tel: 00353 (0)1 888 2538

Established in 1791, the Custom House is one of Dublin's finest heritage buildings. The building was badly burnt during the War of Independence in 1921. The central dome collapsed and the interior was completely destroyed. It was restored by the Irish Free State with the last work being completed in the 1980s.. The Visitor Centre houses and exhibition dealing with the founder Gandon, the 1921 fire, the restoration and other historical facts.

Opening Hours:

Mid March to November:
  • Monday to Friday 10.00-24.30
  • Saturday to Sunday 14.00-17.00
November to Mid March:
  • Wednesday to Friday 10.00-24.30
  • Saturday to Sunday 14.00-17.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €1
  • Family €3
  • Students Free
DESIGNyard

12 Essex St East
Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 8467

DESIGNyard is an outlet for contemporary applied arts. It also houses a jewellery gallery, showing Irish and European pieces. The crafts council is a good opportunity to buy an Irish souvenir.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday, Wednesday to Saturday 10.00-17.30
  • Tuesday 11.00-17.30
Dublin Brewing Company [ www.dublinbrewing.com ]

141-146 North King Street Smithfield Dublin 7 Email: info@dublinbrewing.com

Founded in 1996, the Dublin Brewing Company is located in the city centre. The first brewed beer was Beckett's Gold followed by D'Arcy's Dublin Stout, Revolution Ale and Maeve's Crystal Wheat. Visitors may find out how the beer is originally hand made. The brewing floor may be toured while brewing is in progress and the results may be tasted in the sampling bars afterwards.

Tour Hours:
  • Daily 14.00-17.00 (Tours start at on the hour)
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €8
  • Students €7
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Charlemont House
Parnell Square North
Dublin 1
Tel: 00353 (0)1 874 1903
Email: info@hughlane.ie

The Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane houses a collection of contemporary and modern art. It includes almost 2000 pieces of artwork by leading national and international artists. The gallery also offers activities such as workshops, adult education courses as well as Sunday lecture series.

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Thursday 9.30-18.00
  • Friday & Saturday 9.30-17.00
  • Sunday 11.00-17.00

Admission to permanent exhibition is free

Dublin City Hall [ www.dublincity.ie/cityhall ]

Dame Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 122 22204

Mosaic on the floor of Dublin City HallIn Dublin's City Hall visitors may discover the capital's history. A multi-media exhibition captures a thousand years of Dublin. Audio-guides are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or Irish.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.15
  • Sunday 14.00-17.00
Admission Charges
  • Adult €4.00
  • Senior €2.00
  • Student €2.00
  • Unwaged €2.00
  • Child €1.50
  • Family €10.00
  • Group €3.00
Dublin Civic Museum [ www.dublincitycouncil.ie ]

58 South William Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 679 4260

The Dublin Civic Museum collects and preserves material related to the city. It also displays historical items providing an understanding of Dublin and its past. There are regular exhibitions regarding all aspects of Dublin life.

Admission is free

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-18.00
  • Sunday 11.00-14.00
Dublin Writers Museum [ www.writersmuseum.com ]

18 Parnell Square
Dublin 1
Tel: 00353 (0)1 872

The Dublin Writers Museum features the works and lives of Dublin's writers. It also offers facilities such as lunchtime theatre, a bookshop and a café.

Opening Hours:

January to December:
  • Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
  • Sunday & Public Holidays 11.00-17.00
June, July & August
  • Monday to Friday 10.00-18.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €6.50
  • Adult Concessions €5.50
  • Child €4.00
  • Family €18.00
GAA Museum

Croke Park
St. Joseph's Avenue
Dublin 3
Tel: 00353 (0)1 819 2323
Email: gaamuseum@crokepark.ie

The GAA Museum was founded in 1884 and officially opened in 1998. Croke Park is home to Ireland's national games of hurling and football. The museum has been established to give a unique insight into the games of hurling and football.

Opening Hours:

July and August:
  • Monday to Saturday 9.30-18.00
Rest of the year:
  • Monday to Saturday 9.30-17.00
  • Sunday 12.00-17.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €9.50
  • Student / Senior €7
  • Children €6
  • Family €24
Giles Norman Photography Gallery [ www.gilesnorman.com ]

Powerscourt Shopping Centre
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 3455

The Giles Norman Photography Gallery is located in the Powerscourt Shopping Centre in Dublin's city centre. Visitors may choose between 1000 images of Irish landscape created by the well-known photographer Giles Norman.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 10.00-18.00 (Thursday till 20.00)
  • Sunday 12.00-18.00
Guinness Storehouse [ www.guinnessstorehouse.com ]

St. James's Gate
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 408 4800
Fax: 00353 (0)1 408 4965
Email: guinness-storehouse@guinness.com

The Guinness Storehouse gives you the opportunity to discover the story behind the famous Irish beer. A must see place for any visit to the capital. 250 years of brewing history - from Arthur Guinness and the first shipment of his beer in 1769 to the modern brewing methods. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to taste a complimentary pint in the Gravity Bar and enjoy a 360-degree view of Dublin.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 9.30-17.00
  • July and August 9.30-20.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adult €14
  • Family (2 Adults, 4 children*) €30
  • Student with ID over 18 €9.50
  • Student with ID under 18 €7.50
  • Senior Citizens €9.50
  • Children between 6 and 12 €5
  • Children under 6 Free
  • Standard Group of 15 €13 pp
Heraldic Museum [ www.nli.ie ]

2-3 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 603 0311
Email: herald@nli.ie

The Heraldic Museum of Dublin was the first such permanent museum in the world. It has a varying collection illustrating the development of heraldry in Ireland and Europe.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Wednesday 10.00-20.30
  • Thursday to Friday 10.00-16.30
  • Saturday 10.00-12.30

Admission is free

Irish Jewish Museum

Walworth Road
Off Victoria Street
Portobello
South Circular Road
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 490 1857

The Irish Jewish Museum is a former Synagogue. It displays paintings, photographs, books, certificates and artefacts related to the Jewish life.

Opening Hours:

May to September
  • Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 11.00-15.30
October to April
  • Sunday 10.30-14.30

Admission is free

Irish Museum of Modern Art [ www.modernart.ie ]

Royal Hospital Military Road
Kilmainham
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 612 9900
Email: info@imma.ie

Considered as Ireland's leading institution for the presentation and collection of contemporary & modern art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art presents a variety of art exhibitions.

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday 10.00-17.30
  • Wednesday 10.30-17.30
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays 12.00-17.30

Admission is free

James Joyce Centre DublinJames Joyce Centre [ www.jamesjoyce.ie ]

35 North Great Georges Street
Dublin 1
Tel: 00353 (0)1 878 8547
Email: info@jamesjoyce.ie

The James Joyce Centre is located in a restored 18th century Georgian house. It offers a programme of exhibition, education, outreach and activities. The centre promotes an appreciation of James Joyce as a most significant literary figure of the 20th century.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 9.30-12.30, 13.30-15.30
Admission Charges:

  • Adults €5.00
  • Student/Seniors €4.00
  • Children under 12 Free
Groups (minimum 8 people):
  • Adults €4.50
  • Student/Seniors €3.50

Advance booking for groups is essential

James Joyce Tower

Sandycove
County Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 280 9265
Fax: 00353 (0)1 280 9265
Email: joycetower@dublintourism.ie

The James Joyce Tower belongs to the series of Martello towers, which were built to contain an invasion by Napoleon. Located eight miles south of Dublin it is now a museum dedicated to the work and life of James Joyce. The tower was the setting of Joyce's great novel "Ulysses". The museum's collection includes beyond letters and photograph also personal possessions of the famous writer.

Opening Times:

March to October
  • Monday to Saturday 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00
  • Sunday & Public Holidays 14.00-18.00
Other months:
  • Open by prior arrangement.
Admission Charges:
  • Adults: €6.50
  • Concession: €5.50
  • Children: €4
  • Family: €18
The National Maritim Museum

Haigh Terrace
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 280 0969

The National Maritim Museum is located in the former Mariners Church in Dun Laoghaire. It combines a number of historical models and tells the story of Robert Halpin, who captained the ship laying the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Another interesting exhibit is a French longboat that has been captured at Bantry in 1796.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Sunday 10.00-17.00

Admission is free

National Gallery of Ireland [ www.nationalgallery.ie ]

Merrion Square West
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 661 5133

National Gallery of IrelandThe National Gallery of Ireland displays the national collection of Irish art and European master paintings. The museum is located on the west side of Merrion Square, which is also a great place to admire Georgian architecture.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Saturday 9.30-17.30
  • Thursday 9.30-20.30
  • Sunday 12.00-17.30

Admission is free

National Museum of Archaeology and History

Kildare Street
Dublin 2

The National Museum of Archaeology and History displays all archaeological objects found in Ireland. It houses over 2,000,000 artefacts ranging from 7000 BC and the late medieval period. Visitors may admire a fine collection of prehistoric gold artefacts, metalwork from the Celtic Iron Age and a range of medieval ecclesiastical objects and jewellery.

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
  • Sunday 14.00-17.00

Tour Tickets:
The charge is €2 per person.

National Museum of Decorative Arts and History

Collins Barracks
Dublin 7

The National Museum of Decorative Arts and History has a wide range of weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics, glassware as well as samples of folklife and costume. One of the rarest pieces in the museum is a Chinese porcelain vase made around 1300 AD.

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
  • Sunday 14.00-17.00

Tour Tickets:
The charge is €2 per person.

National Museum of Natural History

Merrion Street
Dublin 2

The National Museum of Natural History displays Irish and world zoology. Ireland's wildlife may be seen in the Irish Room, the wildlife of Asia, Africa and the rest of the world is exhibited on the first floor. Many of the species are endangered or rare.

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
  • Sunday 14.00-17.00

Tour Tickets:
The charge is €2 per person.

National Photographic Archive [ www.nli.ie ]

Meeting House Square
Temple Bar
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 603 0371

The National Photographic Archive was opened in 1998. It houses the National Library of Ireland's photographic collection. The collection comprises almost 300,000 historical and contemporary photographs. The events of 1916, the War of Independence and the Civil War are particularly good covered and worthwhile seeing.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 10.00-17.00
  • Saturday 10.00-14.00

Admission is free

National Print Museum [ www.iol.ie/~npmuseum/ ]

Beggars Bush
Haddington Rd
Dublin 4
Tel: 00353 (0)1 660 3770
Email: npmuseum@iol.ie

Officially opened in 1996, the National Print Museum displays the history and future development of Ireland's printing craft. It has an 18 min audio-visual show documenting the old skills of printing.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00
  • Saturday & Sunday 14.00-17.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €3.50
  • Child / Students / OAP €2.00
  • Family €7
National Transport Museum [ www.nationaltransportmuseum.org ]

Heritage Depot
Howth Castle Demense
Howth
Dublin 13
Tel: 00353 (0)1 848 0831
Email: wkelly@oceanfree.net

Established by the Transport Museum Society and run by a group of volunteers, the National Transport Museum houses Ireland's only comprehensive collection of public and commercial transport. It is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Ireland's transport heritage. There are a lot of exhibits, such as bus, tram and horse drawn commercials.

Opening Hours:
  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 14.00-17.00
  • June, July & August 10.00-17.00
Admission Charges:

  • Adults €3
  • Children/OAP €1.50
  • Family €8
Groups
  • Adults €1.50
  • Children €1
  • Minimum group number is 10
National Wax Museum

Granby Row
Parnell Square
Dublin 1
Tel: 00353 (0)1 872 6340

The National Wax Museum combines fantasy and reality. The main section of the exhibition is referring to the historical and cultural development of Ireland. Here you will find figures such as James Joyce and friends. Children will have fun in finding the magical lamp and the genie in the World of Fairytale and Fantasy. The brave may spend their time in the Chamber of Horrors. Those who are interested in Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elvis Presley should have a look in the Hall of Megastars.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.30
  • Sunday 12.00-17.30

PLEASE NOTE: The Wax Museum will re-open in march 2006 as it its currently relocating to Smithfield.

Admission Charges:

  • Adults €7
  • Students €6
  • Children €5
Groups
  • Adults €6
  • Students €5
  • Children €4
  • Minimum group number is 20
Neptune Gallery

41 South William Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 671 5021
Email: abl@neptune-gallery.ie

The Neptune is one of Dublin's smaller galleries. It is specialised in decorative prints, watercolours, Irish antiquarian maps, framing, cleaning and valuation. Operating since 1963 it offers the visitor a different experience.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 10.00-18.00
  • Saturday 10.00-13.00
Number Twenty Nine [ www.esb.ie/numbertwentynine ]

29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street Dublin 2 Tel: 00353 (0)1 7026165 Email: numbertwentynine@esb.ie

Number Twenty Nine is a completely restored 18th century middle-class house. Visitors can experience how people lived, played and worked during that time. The permanent exhibition reflects the general Georgian atmosphere.

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
  • Sunday 13.00-17.00
Original Print Gallery

4 Temple Bar
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 6773657
Email: info@originalprint.ie

The Original Print Gallery is directly situated in Temple Bar. It showcases the best of Irish and international printmaking. Each print is handmade and only in a limited number available.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 10.30-17.30
  • Saturday 11.00-17.00
  • Sunday 14.00-18.00
Pearse Museum

St. Enda's Park
Grange Road
Rathfarnham
Dublin 16
Tel: 00353 (0)1 493 4208

The Pearse Museum is a former school run by Patrick Pearse. It is now a museum with a regular exhibition on the life, family and school of Patrick Pearse.

Opening Times:
  • November-January 10.00-13.00, 14.00-16.00
  • February-April & September-October 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00
  • May-August 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.30

Admission is free

Royal Hibernian Academy [ www.royalhibernianacademy.com ]

15 Ely Place
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 661 2558
Email: rhagallery@eircom.net

The Royal Hibernian Academy is dedicated to develop appreciation of traditional and innovative approaches to the visual arts. It is an artist based and oriented institution. The Academy has four galleries displaying Irish and international art.

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Saturday 11.00-17.00
  • Thursday 11.00-20.00
  • Sunday 14.00-17.00
Skerries Mills [ http://indigo.ie/~skerries ]

Skerries
County Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 849 5208
Fax: 00353 (0)1 849 5213
Email: skerriesmills@indigo.ie

The Skerries Mills demonstrate an efficient use of wind and water power. The area includes the craft shop, the art exhibition area as well as tearooms. Visitors may discover Ireland's earliest wind and water mills and find out how power is transferred.

Opening Hours:

April to September
  • Daily 10.30-17.30

October to March
  • Daily 10.30-16.30
Admission Charges:
  • Adult €5
  • Senior/Students €4
  • Family €10
  • Group Rate €3.50
The Fry Model Railway

Malahide Castle Demesne
Malahide
County Dublin
Tel: 00353 (0)1 846 3779

The Fry Model Railway houses beautifully engineered models of Irish trains. The delightful collection is great for railway enthusiasts as all models are handmade. They are from a collection originally built up in the 1920's and 1930's by Civil Fry.

Opening Times:

April-September
  • Monday to Saturday (excluding Friday) 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00
  • Sunday & Public Holidays 14.00-18.00
  • Closed October to March
Admission Prices:
  • Adults €6.50
  • Concession €5.50
  • Children €4
  • Family €18
Group Admission Prices:
  • Adults €5.50
  • Concession €4.50
  • Children €3.15
  • Minimum group number is 20
The Old Jameson Distillery [ www.whiskeytours.ie ]

Bow Street
Smithfield
Dublin 7
Tel: 00353 (0)1 807 2248
Fax: 00353 (0)1 807 2369
Email: reservations@ojd.ie

The Old James Distillery was founded in 1780. Tours are available daily from 9.30 to 17.30 and include a short video as well as Whiskey Tasting. The tours are obtainable in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Swedish.

Opening Hours:

  • Daily 9.30-18.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adult: €8.75
  • Child: €3.95
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios [ www.templebargallery.com ]

5 - 9 Temple Bar
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 671 0073
Email: info@templebargallery.com

Established in 1983 and directly located in Dublin's Temple Bar, the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios is one of Ireland's leading contemporary art venues. It offers work of established and emerging artists.

Opening Hours:
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-18.00
  • Thursday 10.00-19.00
Visual Instinct [ www.visualinstinct.ie ]

Powerscourt Town Centre
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0) 1 672 7265

Visual Instinct is a small gallery in the Powerscourt Town Centre. You may buy paintings, cards and sun catchers. The owner also offers commission work.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Saturday 10.30-18.00 (Thursday opened until 19.00)
Waterways Visitor Centre [ www.waterwaysireland.org ]

Grand Canal Quay
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 7510
Email: info@waterwaysireland.org

The Waterways Visitor Centre is located in the southeast of Dublin. The exhibition displays Ireland's inland waterways and tells their historical background and modern amenity uses. Waterways aims to develop the potential of the inland waterways.

Opening Hours:

October to May
  • Wednesday to Sunday 12.30-17.00
June-September
  • Daily 9.30-17.30
  • Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €2.50
  • Child/Student €1.20
  • Family Rate €6.35
  • Senior Citizen €1.90

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