National Museum of Ireland

Ireland's premier cultural institution.


Kildare Street
Ph: 01 6777444
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Collins Barracks
Ph: 01 6777444
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Merrion Street
Ph: 01 6777444
Map | Hours

About Us

The National Museum of Ireland has three locations in Dublin and one in Co. Mayo with a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture and natural history.  Admission is free to all four museums.

Archaeology - Kildare Street

  • Visitors can see the beautiful Iconics Treasures Exhibition which features iconic artefacts such as the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. 
  • Make sure to visit the Kingship and Sacrifice Exhibition which includes recently found bog bodies.
  • Or - Ireland's Gold Exhibition is one of the largest and most important gold collections in Europe.

Decorative Arts & History - Collins Barracks

  • Exhibitions include the 1916 Rising which examines the disturbance between 1913 and 1923.
  • The Irish Silver Collection traces the development of the Silversmith's craft from the early 17th Century to the present day.
  • The Way We Wore Exhibition displays stylish clothing and jewellery worn in Ireland principally from the 1760's to the 1960's.
  • The Irish High Crosses temporary Exhibition is not to be missed.

Natural History- Merrion Street

  • Also known as the 'Dead Zoo' the Museum's 10,000 exhibits provide a glimpse of the natural world since the doors opened in 1857.
  • The Irish Room is dedicated to animals native to Ireland.
  • The Mammals of the World collection contains and elephant, polar bear, lions, monkeys, apes and lemurs.
  • The Museum has a Discovery Zone and Reading Room for visitors to enjoy also.

Country Life - Co Mayo

  • The award-winning Museum of Country Life is home to the National Folklife Collection. 
  • With exhibitions spread over four floors, the museum gives visitors a unique opportunity to see how the people of Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950's.


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