National Gallery of Ireland

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National Gallery of Ireland
National Gallery of Ireland
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Key Info

Merrion Square West

Price & Hours

Mon-Weds, Fri-Sat 9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Thurs 9:15 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | Sun 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

If you're an art lover, make sure to save some time for this extensive (and free!) museum, which has housed Ireland's national art collection since 1854. Here you'll find numerous works by such renowned artists as Caravaggio, Vincent van Gogh and the French impressionists. But the main attractions are works from some of Ireland's masters, with an impressive collection of works by notable residents as William Leech, Roderic O'Conor and Jack B. Yeats. The National Gallery also hosts notable traveling exhibitions as well as concerts and lectures.

Recent visitors called the museum outstanding and well worth a visit. If you're a fan of the arts, previous travelers recommended you set aside several hours to tour the museum. You'll also want to grab a map at the entrance as its collections are spread out, according to reviewers.

The National Gallery of Ireland sits just a few blocks northwest of St. Stephen's Green and is within walking distance of Grafton Street and Trinity College. Several bus routes, including nos. 4, 7 and 8, offer stops near the museum. It's open Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with extended hours on Thursdays) and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, so don't worry about trying to pack everything in to one day, you can always come back; however, special exhibits may cost extra. For more information, check out the gallery's website

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