National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History

Address: Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Originally an army barracks, the buildings above were reopened in 1997 with a new purpose: as the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks.

The museum is home to a wide range of objects, which include weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; as well as examples of folklife and costume.

In March 2016 a new exhibition opended – Proclaiming A Republic: The 1916 Rising. Visitors can encounter the dramatic events of the Easter Week 1916 and its impact it had on the city of Dublin and its citizens, and the Irish nation as a whole by  following the stories of those caught up in the events – civilians, combatants and survivors alike.

Opening Times

Admission free

Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 14.00 – 17.00

Closed Mondays (including bank holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday


60 – 90 minutes approximately.


The entrance is self guided and free of charge. All of Dublin’s museums and galleries are free so there is no excuse not to include them on your group’s visit to Dublin!