National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

#12 of 66 in Museums in Dublin
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • This museum does not host many paintings by well-known masters. When we were there, it only had 4 paintings we really wanted to see, and 3 of them were off-limits due to construction. Huge...  more »
  • My first Carravaggio happened there. And it was brilliant! If you like Picasso he's there as well. And Rembrant is too. And many of genious Irish artists that i met there. Galery looks like a...  more »
  • It's a must see gallery, even if you don't like art because you find it very amusing and hard not see every painting in that place. The way the paintings are separated into authors, eras, topic...  more »
  • This is an AMAZING free attraction. They run on donations, so if you can afford it you should definitely do so. There were numerous rooms and different displays throughout the gallery. There were paintings from many world famous painters as well- Picasso, Renoir, Monet, and a slew of Dutch Masters. I enjoyed the Irish portrait gallery for what I learned about culture and history. I'm very glad I went here. It's the perfect rainy day activity for a traveler on a budget who likes art and history. Bigger and better than I expected.
  • A pleasant place to visit and take in some immense works of art. It is great that for the months of July and August, the gallery is offering free guided tours of the most notable pieces (including works of Monet, Caravaggio) every weekday at 2:30pm. Would recommend this for any visitors, even if you are new to the world of art.
  • Definitely visit! It’s free, and although it’s not very big, the collection is delightful. Quite a bit was unavailable for restoration when I visited, but still plenty to see. I especially loved the paragraph description by each painting - easy to read/understand and helps you appreciate what you’re looking at.
  • It's located near Hrafton street in the centre of town. FREE entrance! And free cloakroom to have your bags stored. Great exhibits as well from Irish and worldwide artists. Picture taking is allowed but without flash. A great way to spend 1h when sightseeing around town
  • This wonderful and atmospheric building takes you right into a journey of immersion within the arts. Take your time to browse the many beautiful collections and learn more about the incredible artists who have contributed to this wonderful gallery. From Ireland, to England and right across Europe, discover the work of Monet, Picasso, Matisse and many more. No cultural visit to Dublin is complete without a trip here. No admission and no rush, browse entirely at your own pace

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