One of Europe's Greatest Private Collections of Art and Antiquities

Housed in the 18th century Georgian Palladian Custom House in Limerick City. The permanent collection, is a serious cabinet of curiosities with artefacts from all over the world. It is the legacy of the Hunt family, and features Irish archaeology, medieval artefacts, Greek and Roman antiquities, fine art, fashion, ceramics, and Viking jewellery on three floors of the museum. The fine Captains’ room houses some of our best paintings with works from Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir, Henry Moore, Roderic O’Connor, Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry.

The Collection includes objects from the Stone Age to the 20th Century.
Among the important pieces are the personal seal of Charles I of England, the 9th Century Antrim Cross, the Mary Queen of Scots Cross and a coin revered since the Middle Ages as being one of ‘the thirty pieces of silver’.

Throughout the year the Gallery exhibits a diverse range of temporary exhibitions from fashion designers, ceramicists, printmakers and artists. Jun to Sept 2019 two very well-known Irish artists, Lavery and Osborne, are curated in a lavish exhibition that features many works from private collectors across the world.

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  • Stunning works from medieval times including weapons and tools from the Celtic period
  • The art of Picasso, Renoir and Yeats
  • The Jewellery Gallery – which includes a gold cross once owned by Mary, Queen of Scots
  • The Treasury – including the Greek coin reputed to be “one of the thirty pieces of silver” paid to Judas for the betrayal of Christ
  • Family Trails – to excite the curiosity of children.

Open Daily Year Round

Monday to Saturday: 
Sun 14:00–17:00
Late opening on Thursday (May to Sept) 20:00

Last admission: one hour before closing time.
Visit duration: approx. 1 to 2 hours
Closed: Good Friday, Christmas 
Day, St. Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day


Admission Prices 2020:

Adult: €7.50
Student: €5.50
Family: €22

Admission Free every Sunday and 2 for 1 every Monday

Useful Information

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

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.

Getting There

Custom House Quay, Limerick City Centre, overlooking the Custom House Park and River Shannon

Map Location: 52.666166, -8.624163
Contact The Hunt Museum

Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City, Ireland

Eircode: V94 EV8A
T: +353 (0)61 312 833
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