National Museum of Ireland

Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7


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Collins Barracks could be said to be the National Museum of Ireland's largest Irish artifact, having had a unique history all its own in another life.

On display, you will find fine examples of silver, ceramics, glassware, weaponry, furniture, folklife, clothing, jewellery, coins and medals. All of these displayed with imagination in innovative and contemporary galleries, which entice you to go further, look harder and examine more closely. Don't miss the Curator's Choice exhibition where, amongst other treasures, there an ancient Japanese ceremonial bell, which dates back over 2000 years. With over 16000 artefacts on display, What's in store? gives you the chance to get behind the scene and explore a working museum collection. Explore the histories of soldiers and their families in Soldiers &Chiefs. This major exhibition uses original artefacts, letter, replicas and audio accounts to show how soldiering in war has affected the lives of Irish people.

Other new approaches to exhibiting major collections in these magnificent building include Irish Silver, The Way we Wore - 250 years of Irish Clothing and Jewellery, Eileen Gray and Airgead - A thousand Years of Irish Coins and Currency, A Dubliner's collection of Asian Art - The Albert Bender Exhibition, Reconstructed Rooms - Four centenaries of Furnishings.


The 1916 Rising now opened. The National Museum of Ireland has a long tradition of exhibitions relating to Easter Week 1916. The Museum has put on show one of the largest displays of materials from this period in a this new exhibition entitled Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, opened on 3rd March, 2016. Many of the exhibited objects have never been on public display before while others, such as the Irish Republic flag which flew over the GPO, have been specially conserved. Through the combined effect of the objects, words and imagery of the period, visitors to the exhibition will be confronted with the physical reality of the events of Easter Week, following the stories of those caught up in the events of that momentous week - civilians, combatants and survivors alike.


Visit the Museum shop for all your shopping needs.  It’s a great place to pick up presents with the added benefit of buying Irish.

The craft section is a real winner with its elegant scarves and blankets as well as gorgeous jewellery, pottery and hand turned wood. Browsing the book section is an entertainment in itself – but it’s also a handy place to find that perfect gift.  Not forgetting the kids with a wide range of arts and crafts to suit all ages. Tel: 01 677 7444or E-mail:


Visit the Museum Café for a wide variety of tasty and seasonal meals and snacks. Enjoy our freshly baked produce and speciality teas and coffees; the perfect complement to your museum visit. For queries and bookings contact the Museum Café: +353 1 6334280

Admission is Free

  • Fully wheelchair accessible.
  • On site pay and display parking.

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Opening hours

Sunday/Monday: 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday - Saturday : 10am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday

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