The Hunt Museum is in the 18th century Georgian Palladian Custom House in Limerick City. It has objects from around the world and is the legacy of the Hunt family. It features Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology, Greek and Roman antiques, the cross of Mary Queen of Scots alongside the Ardagh Chalice, Viking Armoury and a Dekadrachma, reputed to be one of the Thirty Pieces of Silver Judas Iscariot earned for betraying Jesus. Artworks by Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir, Moore, Roderic O’Connor, Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry are in the Captain’s Room.
The haute couture display of Sybil Connolly, Irish designer of the 1950’s and early 60’s, dresser of Jackie Onassis Kennedy, celebrates the centenary of her birth.
A Wild Atlantic Way is the 2021 Summer Exhibition. Irish Artists have painted the life and landscapes of the West of Ireland, enticing people to its beauty for nearly 200 years. Autumn will see a VR version of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights.
There are free tours to explain the building’s architecture or to take you on a cookery journey. For kids, there is an Animal Hunt or Medieval Treasure Hunt. Check the website or social media @HuntMuseum.
Open Year Round
Open Tuesday to Sunday
LANGUAGE: Free Museum Brochure in Irish, English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS: The riverside restaurant offers a wide choice of dishes, both for lunch and for snacks. The restaurant terrace overlooks the beautiful Shannon River and Curragower Falls. The ingredients are sourced locally, organic where possible and cooked in the Museum Café Kitchen.
SHOPPING: Gift Shop offers a range of high quality gifts and includes jewellery, books, greeting cards, silk scarves and ties, gemstones, ceramics, prints, and historical reproductions.
PARKING: Car Parking next to Museum (car park with meter pay). Coach parking is available free off-site 200 meters from the Museum, outside St. Mary’s Cathedral and City Hall, Merchants Quay.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Wheelchair accessible with lifts to all floors; wheelchairs and stools are available for use in the galleries. Accessible Toilet.
TOURS: You can explore the collection by yourself or take a guided ‘highlights’ tour when available – at no extra charge. Tours take approximately one hour and vary according to the guide.
Custom House Quay, Limerick City Centre, overlooking the Custom House Park and River Shannon
Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City, Ireland
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