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National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

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The national gallery of Ireland

I didn’t really want to visit this gallery at first, but was convinced by my boyfriend who had heard it was great. We got there and didn’t have to pay any entrance fee. The staff was very nice and sociable and they always wanted to help us by explaining more about the paintings. I really enjoyed the tour and I learned a lot about Irish art, which is lovely. We then had a coffee at the gallery’s restaurant, which I found a bit expensive, but that is to be expected from museum restaurants. The gallery is totally worth a visit, so don’t hesitate to stop by if you’re in the area. [more ]

National Gallery Dublin

If you don't think it's possible to get more Irish, pop over to the National Gallery of Ireland to see the works of artist John Butler Yeats, including his portrait of son (and one of Ireland's greatest poets William Butler Yeats). It is up to Yeats (who was also Ireland's most important artist of the 20th Century) and going as far back as the 17th Century that Irish art is charted here. And for those of you who want a well-balanced visual meal, you'll see pieces from as far back as the 14th Century. You won't be able to miss the Italian school (the second most popular school here next to Irish, natch), but also keep an eye out for the Dutch works (the perfect complement to a rainy Irish day).

And since admission here is free, you may want to dip into your pocket and put 15 Euro towards a classical concert, held in the same setting. It'll make for a nice break in between the traditional craic heard in the pubs. [more ]

Great Art + it's Free!

I really like this museum. Each room is big and open…large self-portraits and scenes are hung on the walls…sparkling chandeliers dangle from ceilings. I really enjoyed the organization of the museum…the art work leading you from room to room…telling the stories and history of Ireland. Besides the amazing artwork that saturate the senses, this museum has other reasons to take a visit here…the museum is free to everyone, one of the only opportunities while on holiday that gives your pocket book a break. The National Museum of Ireland also has a wonderful tea house and gift shop…take the time to browse in both. I would allot yourself at least two hours to go through the museum. If need be…a quick tour can probably be done. [more ]

The National Museum of Ireland

The visitor to the National Museum of Ireland may get a little bit confused when passing through the wide collection of this historical exhibition. The jump from one location or one period to another is rather dramatically and with no real connectivity amongst them. But even so, the museum is a “must see” for those interested in history at all. Although photography is not allowed, the visit will certain be memorable due to the huge archeological and historical collection from prehistory to the Middle Ages. The entrance is free and you may also choose to join a guided tour. [more ]

National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland is located at Merrion square West (Dublin 2).

Another favorite of mine and well worth the visit if you are going to Dublin for the first time, although since the admission is free I like to pop by every time I go for a visit. And if you are visiting in January 2008 you will be able to see the Turner exhibition. You can find paintings by some of the Irish most prominent artists such as Jack B. Yeates, there is also Rubens, Monet, Caravaggio, Pissaro, Picasso, El Greco and Vermeer. The National Gallery is also venue for classical music concerts, has a great gift shop and café. If you are having problems with finding any of the paintings that are of interest to you, you can navigate the collection with touch screen computer that will help you locate it.

Opening hours are Mon to Wed from 9:30am until 5:30pm; Fri and Sat from 9:30am until 8:30pm and on Sun from 12:30pm until 5:30pm. Price of admission is free. [more ]

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

National Museum of Ireland – Natural History Museum is located on Merrion street (Dublin 2).

This is the oldest part of the National Museum and a great place to visit if you are traveling with children. There are more then 10.000 items of animals on display that have been collected from more then 2.000.000 of specimens while the collection has been gathered for the better part of 2 centuries. You see the collection of prehistoric giant Irish deer and a collection of skeletons, 2 of which are whale skeletons that got stranded on Irish beaches.

Opening hours are Tue to Sat from 10:00am until 5:00pm; Sun from 2:00pm until 5:00pm, price of admission is free, while a guided tour is €2. [more ]

National Museum of Ireland – Collin Barracks

National Museum of Ireland Collin Barracks is located at Benburb street (Dublin 7) and it is home to the museum of Decorative arts and history.

There you can find a number of clothing and costumes, as well as Irish silver if that might be of interest to you as the main focus of the museum is on arts, ware and crafts. You can also find galleries that are completely devoted to the military history.

Opening hours are Tue to Sat from 10:00am until 5:00pm; Sun from 2:00pm until 5:00pm while the price of admission is free. [more ]

National Museum of Ireland – Kildare street

National Museum of Ireland can be found on 3 different locations in Dublin.

The Archeology and History of 19th century building can be found on Kildare street. Here you can find a number of artifacts relating to archeology of Ireland mostly, but also you can find artifacts from pre-historic Ireland and Viking Ireland as well as from Egypt. The most impressive part of the exhibition is the collection of gold ornaments from Bronze age, as well as the world famous Ardagh chalice.

Opening hours are Tue to Sat from 10:00am until 5:00pm, while on Sun opening hours are from 2:00pm until 5:00pm. Price of admission is free. [more ]

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