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

IMMA is Ireland’s National Cultural Institution for Contemporary Art. Its programme comprises exhibitions and projects by leading Irish and international artists, as well as a rich engagement and learning programme providing audiences of all ages the opportunity to explore contemporary art. IMMA is home to the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, now numbering over 3,000 artworks.
IMMA is currently home to the Freud Project, a major five-year initiative for IMMA, where 52 works by painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011) have been lent to the museum’s Collection. During this unique project, IMMA will present a series of Freud-related exhibitions each year. 2019 presents Gaze, showing Freud alongside works from the IMMA Collection and Freud and Yeats, showing Freud and the paintings of Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957).

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 Monday
*Last Admission to any individual exhibition is 17:15h



Admission Prices 2019

Free admission

Some individual exhibitions may carry an entrance fee. Entry to these exhibitions are 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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