National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Dublin

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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History houses a wealth of important artifacts, including weaponry, furniture, costumes, and crafts. This museum serves as a branch of the National Museum of Ireland and was founded in 1997. In the main exhibits, admire arts, crafts, and wares, including a collection of Irish coins and currency. You can also see Etruscan vases, King William's gauntlets from the Battle of the Boyne, and a pocketbook of famous Irish revolutionary figure Wolfe Tone, among many other cherished pieces. Explore the cultural history of Ireland through beloved works of art that once served functional purposes. To visit National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History and other attractions in Dublin, use our Dublin travel itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • I didn't know what to expect, based on the name of the museum. I love decorative arts, but I'm not usually a history buff. But I found this place fascinating, and wish I'd had more to spend there. The...  more »
  • We had tea & cake in cafe on grounds. Did work books as went around the museum which made it easier to talk about exhibition.  more »
  • Two of my favourite subjects housed under one roof. As you walk through the barrack gates you are overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place. Today we were lucky enough to see a marching band accompan...  more »
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  • Great place. Everytime I come here I discover new things. You can spend hours upon hours looking at this grandiose collection of objects.
  • It's right off the Luas (Dublin's Electric Train) Museum stop. Nice Museum with a Cafe and Clean Bathrooms. All this within walking distance to the ♡ of Dublin's tourist district.
  • The most extensive classical art collection in Ireland. Arguably, the Gallery's best piece is Caravaggio's cinematically painted 'Betrayal of Christ'. There are many other fine works including those by the Spanish artist Goya, several works by William Turner, Johannes Vermeer's 'Lady Writing a Letter' and works by Irish artists such as Louis Le Broquy. The Gallery is filled with priceless art and well worth a visit.
  • I visited the very interesting, well-structured exhibition “Soldiers and chiefs. The Irish at war at home and abroad since 1550“. As a German, I learned a lot about the Easter Rebellion and the Irish Civil War. The museum is located in former barracks of the British Army. With its impressing architecture it is a very suitable place for the National Museum.
  • The building is fantastic, and the collections also very interesting. A bit off the centre of town but definitely worth a go if walking to Phoenix Park, for example. 40 minutes is enough to go through everything, if big details are not of interest.