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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  • A wonderful gallery, recently rennovated. A lovely way to pass a couple of hours in the afternoon. The galleries are well laid out and cover an extensive collection of Irish and European art. It's free admission so there is really no excuse not to go.
  • The new extension building is inspiring. I was lucky enough to be able to view the Vermeer exhibition. Truly amazing. An expert photoshoper could not balance the light effect as good as Vermeer himself.
  • Excellent collection of paintings from old times. One can imagine the how artist manage to paint and capture the story on the canvas and paper during world wars and other hard time. It shows their dedication and affection to the art. Must visit for tourists and art lovers. Admission is free. Restrooms are there too!!!
  • The new renovations have let a lot more natural light into all the galleries and reorganisation has led to a much better display. I visited the Vermeer exhibition which just blew me away. I haven't much knowledge of the Dutch masters and this exhibition was both interesting and intriguing, leading me to do more research on Vermeer himself. I was also impressed with the current artists ' response to the exhibition. It gives context and helps everyone relate to a genre that at first glance can seem quite dry.
  • Excellent all round, especially considering that admission is free. New expanded building is impressive and collection, while not a match for the louvre or Prado is really good. Features a wide range of periods and styles and contains works by greats including Ruebens, Caravaggio, Velasquez and Titian

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