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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  • We visited primarily to see the Vermeer exhibition. I still think the basis of the exhibition is a little tenuous but what does that matter - you still get 63 wonderful paintings including 10 Vermeers...  more »
  • the building has had an excellent expensive renovation, its well worth a visit, there is old and modern works to see. we found the staff to be very friendly and helpful  more »
  • This is a National Gallery to be proud of in the centre of the best part of Dublin. Far too big to see everything. I visited for the Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting. Wonderfully curated and ...  more »
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  • Newly refurbished building which had been mostly closed off for a few years. Worth the wait. Really great building. Though the European collections are nothing special in comparison with London galleries, the Irish rooms are quite spectacular. Definitely check out the Margaret Clarke wing, the stained glass room, and the Robert Ballaghs.
  • Just opened in June 2017 after 6 year refit. Well done nice job, free admission. Gift store unique gifts found here.
  • Very nice place and very family friendly. One bad thing is that there are construction works on the old building and it is not currently accessible. I had lunch yesterday and they had a couple of painters painting a young couple in the restaurant during lunch, it was very entertaining. Regarding the works of art, I'm not sure, because I don't know about that, but they seem to be of a very good quality.
  • Had a great time the gallery. The audio device gave very useful and helpful information. Pronunciation of Dutch names needs a lot of work.
  • A wonderful free resource for tourists & locals alike. Looks great since refurbishment. Well done!

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