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National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

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At National Gallery of Ireland see Irish and other European masterpieces, including Italian Baroque and Dutch works. Founded in 1854, the museum houses 14,000 pieces, with an extensive permanent collection of Irish paintings. Admire the dramatic architecture of the Millennium Wing, which opened in 2002 and was designed by Benson & Forsyth. Stroll through Merrion Square on your way to or from the museum and take in the scenery. Check online for information about tours, educational programs, and visiting exhibits. Plan to visit National Gallery of Ireland and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Dublin attractions using our Dublin journey tool.
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  • Very interesting collection of paintings. I only spent here 1 hr which is not enough to fully explore all the collections but what I saw was amazing. If you love art and Caravaggio style you can’t... 
    Very interesting collection of paintings. I only spent here 1 hr which is not enough to fully explore all the collections but what I saw was amazing. If you love art and Caravaggio style you can’t...  more »
  • The art gallery has a collection that many larger museums would be envious of including a priceless Caravaggio. If you are an art lover, don't miss it! 
    The art gallery has a collection that many larger museums would be envious of including a priceless Caravaggio. If you are an art lover, don't miss it!  more »
  • Wow, what a fantastic museum, even if the layout is a little confusing. Nice permanent collection, helpful staff, and free (donations welcome.) 
    Wow, what a fantastic museum, even if the layout is a little confusing. Nice permanent collection, helpful staff, and free (donations welcome.)  more »
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  • I can't get over no entry fee being charged to visit this gallery! Vermeer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt... they have so many lovely works of art. Irish artists like Jack B Yeats are also well represented. You need several hours to see all of it! Well, worth a visit. The renovations were very well done too! Truly a pleasure to visit!
  • Visited here with my advanced English course. It was very nice, although a bit easy to get lost. Brilliant art. Guards/security are reasonably friendly, one of them came up to us and let us in on some fun facts. There is an elevator as well as options to buy food. Overall pleasant experience.
  • Great place for a visit to relax, take inspiration, have a chat, learn from the staff, discover your new favourite artists. There is no substitute for seeing art work first hand. When you can see the intention behind the pull of the brush strokes or the depth of impasto then you start to learn just how involved the artist are in their creations. The shop is always very well equipped and the toilets are immaculate. Highly recommended
  • Returning from the pandemic, great to feel life beginning to be normal. An oasis of peace ,calm, and interesting paintings and sculptures to see. Staff very helpful and very knowledgeable to make your visit more memorable. A "New Perspectives" exhibition currently running is a definite conversation pieces Great shop for gifts and just to treat yourself, cafe will reopen properly later. Can't praise the staff highly enough . Go , visit, but be aware the time you spend here will seriously fly!
  • Definitely see the Portrait exhibit featuring many Irish notoriety. Otherwise there seem to be a lack of depth elsewhere unless your a fan of ecclesiastical artwork. The building is beautiful. Nice afternoon distraction.

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