The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Located in the historic Royal Hospital Kilmainham, IMMA is home to Ireland’s National Collection of Modern and Contemporary art. In addition to presenting exhibitions by leading Irish and international artists, IMMA offers a free programme of talks, events and workshops, providing audiences of all ages with the opportunity to engage with contemporary art. A visit to IMMA extends beyond the gallery space, with beautiful buildings, formal gardens, meadows, café and shop to explore. A highlight of 2020 is the major retrospective of the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego. The exhibition, Obedience and Defiance (12 Jun- 01 Nov 2020), spans Rego’s entire career, comprising of more than 80 works and includes paintings never displayed before.

The beautiful formal gardens at IMMA are free of charge and are open Museum hours. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The Royal Hospital was founded in 1684 by James Butler, Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to Charles II, as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for almost 250 years. The style is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and a large elegant courtyard. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was restored by the Government in 1984 and opened as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in May 1991.


  • Exhibition programmes
  • National programmes
  • Wide range of projects and research
  • Café, Shop and extensive grounds



Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday: 11:30-17:30h*
Saturday: 10:00-17:30h*
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30h*
Closed on Mondays
*Last Admission to any individual exhibition is 17:15h



Admission Prices 2020

Free admission

Some individual exhibitions may carry an entrance fee. Entry to the Paula Rego Exhibition is ticketed at a fee of €8 per adult and €5 concession. See website for further details.

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Kemp Sisters Café where delicious homemade food and great service go hand in hand

SHOPPING: The IMMA Shop has a great selection of children’s toys, design items, jewellery, gifts, greetings cards, IMMA souvenirs and beautiful artist books and fine art prints.

PARKING: Ample paid parking on-site

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.

Getting There

The main Museum entrance is on Military Road. Secondary Kilmainham entrance (Pedestrian only) on South Circular Road, opposite the Courthouse at Kilmainham Gaol.

Map Location: 53.342917, -6.300048
Contact Irish Museum of Modern Art

Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland

Eircode: D08 FW31
T: +353 (0)1 612 9900
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