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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  • This museum is very good, and a nice collection of Irish Art as well as their permanent collection is quality.  more »
  • This is a wonderful exhibition and well worth a visit. I attended an Emil Nolde exhibition in London back in the 1990s and loved it and was hoping this would be good also. I needn't have worried. The ...  more »
  • Amazing! Must see the Arrest of Christ painted by Caravaggio! Beautiful pieces in a beautiful setting. Located in the posh and ideal setting of Merrion Square.  more »
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  • Very modern and very large. You can leave your coat and backpack for free. A lot of space to enjoy the paintings. Many beautiful pieces of art, a large selection of different periods. I discovered many artists I didn't know, it was exhilarating! They have a beautiful Jerome Bosch, it was the first time I could see one in real life. I could watch it very closely, I fell in love with Bosch's work again! They also have beautiful, beautiful stained glasses. I was really lucky to come on a day there was a piano concert, it was unexpected and so delightful! And the entrance is free, thank you!
  • This was a must-see for me after watching the Superb documentary about the refurbishment of the gallery. It didn't disappoint. The collection is superb, far better than I ever appreciated. I'm even more amazed that I could recommend this as a family day out. My kids adored the Audio guides. You know an art gallery has its younger audience well catered for when a ten year old insists on seeing the portrait gallery after three hours. They're not particularly into art but really enjoyed it. The refurbishment is magnificent. The staff were great. Even lunch was superb. Faultless. Absolutely essential to visit.
  • Great to see it opened back up to its former glory. Really enjoy visiting here with my kids. Ask for kids packs and kids audio guides on arrival. The accessibility is also fantastic. The gift shop has some lovely unique items. There is a creativity zone where you can sit together to make your own work of art. Cafe is very pleasant to be in and a wide choice of food. Tea pots could be bigger but they refill with no charge :0)
  • Newly revonated to an impeccable standard. A massive improvement. Gorgeous building with some very interesting and beautiful paintings. Well worth a visit. Has a handful of painting from well-known masters and if you are an Irish person you will get to see many paintings you are familiar with. The pictures are well presented including the information beside each piece.
  • Just re opened this year after a major refurbishment. Superb gallery with famous artists from Caravaggio to Rembrandt. Guides are superb and a great cafe to have lunch. George B. Shaw said he owed much of his education to this great institution. Do visit it will not disappoint.

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