The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History

The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History in Dublin

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The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History in Dublin


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.


Core Exhibitions include:

  • Asgard Yacht
  • Soldiers and Chiefs – The Irish War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the Present Day
  • Reconstructed Rooms: Four Centuries of Furnishing

…and more!


In March 2016, a new exhibition opened – 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.


Other temporary exhibitions currently on display:

  • War in the Mud: The Irish Soldier in Belgium in the Summer of 1917
  • Portrait of a Century
  • 21st Century Irish Craft

…and more!


The National Museum of Ireland offers further exhibitions on natural history and archaeology in Dublin – perfect for an oh so common rainy day!

Useful Information
Opening Hours


Tuesday – Saturday

10.00 – 17.00


14.00 – 17.00

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

Duration of Visit

60-90 minutes approximately


Meeting Point

Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7


Notes for Group Leaders

All National Museum of Ireland exhibitions in Dublin are self-guided and entry is free of charge!

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