Home to a wide range of objects

The National Museum of Ireland —Decorative Arts & History is located at one of Dublin’s most impressive, historic sites. This former military barracks is home to two fascinating and completely diverse collections. Decorative arts encompasses silver, ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing, jewellery and coins while the military history collection tells of Ireland’s military and revolutionary past.

Exhibition highlights include The Irish Wars 1919–1923, which forms part of the permanent exhibition ‘Soldiers and Chiefs’, but it has been substantially reimagined as part of the Museum’s Decade of Centenaries Commemorations. For more information and history about Irish soldiers, visit the exhibition Soldiers & Chiefs—The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the present day, and Eileen Gray, exploring the life and work of the iconic 20th century designer.

The museum offers a year-round programme of workshops, talks and tours for all ages and a changing programme of temporary exhibitions on historical and contemporary themes. There is also a gift shop on-site.

The National Museum of Ireland offers events for families, students and adults. Check the Calendar of Events online for information.

  • Ideal fun filled day out for families
  • Number of events for families, children, adults hosted in the museum
  • Special exhibitions throughout the year

Open Daily Year Round

Closed on 25/26 December and Good Friday

See the website for opening times. 


Admission Prices:

Free Admission

Useful Information

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

SHOPPING: Museum shops located in Collins Barracks and Kildare Street, offering a wide range of interesting and unique high quality gifts for the entire family

PARKING:Parking Available, Pay & Display

ACCESSIBILITY: All galleries are wheelchair accessible.

Getting There

On the North Liffey Quays, across the River Liffey from Heuston Station

Public Transport:
Luas (Red): Museum
Dart: Connolly
Bus: See dublinbus.ie

Map Location: 53.348780, -6.287363
Contact National Museum of Ireland– Decorative Arts and History

Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7, Ireland

Eircode: D07 XKV4
T: +353 (0)1 677 7444
E: marketing@museum.ie
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