National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland
4.5
9:15 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:15 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:15 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:15 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
9:15 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:15 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
For 361 days a year the National Gallery of Ireland inspires, delights and entertains with tours, workshops, lectures and events, all for free. The Gallery houses the nation’s collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, and boasts a rich and varied programme of world class exhibitions throughout the year. Discover Irish design at the Gallery Shop or enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the Gallery Café. www.nationalgallery.ie
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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • St. Stephen's Green • 8 min walk
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  • Mo S
    139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Gallery
    Massive space with an excellent range of pieces. We appreciated the information posted with the art as it provided short, interesting explanations of the work. We did a free architectural tour that we highly recommend. The amount of art is so large that several visits are the best way to go. Make sure to get a map when you arrive as it’s a confusing layout.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Karen W
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal
    Excellent collection including everything from Caravaggio to Picasso to Vermeer. If you have the time, do put this on your list of places to go in Dublin. There is no admission fee and there is a lovely tea room and a gift shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • tommykristoffersen
    Harstad, Norway434 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art done right, a great gallery with free admission!
    Great exhibition, parts of the contemporary works were "off limits" for photos with very strict monitoring. Free admission, which is great! Well worth spending a couple of hours here! Loved the free of charge lockers for small backpacks inside, made my day to be able to walk around without the daypack for a couple of hours!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Rustydancer
    Enniscorthy, Ireland620 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lavinia Fontana Exhibition is a Must
    This exhibition was so well supported by all ages from a variety of countries. Her ability was awesome. The way she handled fabrics, flesh and jewels was enough. But then, look at the pictures and recognise that she never took the easy road, see the music scores, and books and letters, some written upside down. Lavinia was a one off, and a trailblazer for her time. Well done to the men who supported her extraordinary talent.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Travel 360
    94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Irish artists collection is Fabulous!
    The Irish artists are located on the ground floor. We especially enjoyed it! The Gallery is huge and has famous works from many counties and time periods. Regarding the James Coleman room with a featured piece: Move sign to where there is light to read it. We were the only people near it and my husband turned the flashlight on his phone on to read the sign at the doorway(!) into the dark room where the piece is shown and a big bald security guy yelled across the room roughly. There is a National Museum of Archaeology nearby and near Heuston station there is a National Museum of Decorative arts. All are free!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California3,556 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blends
    Terrific blending of the old and the new. Although I’m not much on paintings-sculptures from the masters of old (hundreds of years ago), I certainly enjoy works from present days towards the past. The national gallery provides a terrific frame of reference in art.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 October 2023
  • MKTBE
    Topeka, Kansas4,057 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Irish Art Exhibition!
    We enjoyed a lovely afternoon exploring the highlights of Irish art. Who knew that W. B. Yeats, one of Ireland's most famous poets, had a brother, Jack Butler Yeats, who is an equally famous Irish artist? We also appreciated the works of some of the masters including Rodin, Cezanne, Monet, and Renoir. We struggled getting the tour scan to download to our phones, so we really appreciated a kindly volunteer who helped us to navigate the large gallery. We also love that all of the National Museums of Ireland are free to the public.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Stefano S
    Lusiana, Italy1,379 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a visit worth.
    The National Gallery of Ireland is quite small, compared to the huge museums of other European capital-cities, but it would be a mistake to skip it. The entrance is free, which permits you to aim the masterpieces and pass away from the innumerable little artists. Do not miss the "Taking of Christ" form Caravaggio, or the "Portrait of a Venetian senator" of Tintoretto, excellent painting are "The Virgin" of Sassoferrato and "Saint Francis receiving the stigmata" of El Greco. There is a little collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist painters as well: Monet, Caillebotte and Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Colleen B
    Seattle, Washington108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing collection!
    I didn’t realize that Ireland had such a spectacular collection of art! For a relatively new country, that’s impressive! They have a Caravaggio, a Vermeer, a Van Gogh, and a couple of Rembrandts! They also have an impressive number of paintings by female artists! The gallery attendants were very helpful too! I appreciated that the museum was more accessible than many of the attractions in Dublin! My mom has trouble with stairs. This is well worth the visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Byron R
    Laguna Beach, California696 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely architecture and well curated collection
    Popped in on a rainy Dublin day and strolled through the various rooms of very well curated, eclectic collection of art. We were almost able to make it through the collection but not quite so make sure to allow enough time quite worth it. Admission is free.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
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Bas
Maastricht, The Netherlands23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The collection as it was on view when we visited had its limitations. Specially for its status as a national gallery it is lacking. However there is a nice mix of paintings from Europe. I specifically enjoyed the collection of works from the Low Countries and the gallery containing 20th and 19th century modern works had a few gems. Having no entrance fee charged as its status as a national museum (something I wish my own country would do with its national collections) its definitely worth walking in if you find yourself in Dublin.
Written 5 January 2020
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Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We hope you both enjoyed your recent visit to the Gallery. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery again.
Written 6 January 2020
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Maja I
Osijek, Croatia241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A vast collection of paintings, photographs, and a few statues in a really bright and open space. The general collection is free, but you need to buy a ticket for the temporary exhibitions. We enjoyed everything, from the classics to the modern pieces, and especially the photography.
Written 15 January 2020
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Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We hope you enjoyed your visit to the Gallery. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery again.
Written 16 January 2020
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CiaraMc14
Cork, Ireland57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Hard to believe entry to the gallery is free! I've been to lesser galleries in Europe and paid close to €20 for entry. Well worth a visit if in Dublin. The portrait gallery is fab. Also worth visiting a few minutes walk away is the Natural History Museum (also free!).Both collections are fantastic.
Written 5 March 2020
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Thank you for your positive review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your recent visit. I wish to inform you I have shared your feedback with my colleagues. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery again in the future.
Written 6 March 2020
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Nora Knowz
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I believe this is the first big Aet Gallery I have been to and I was not disappointed. There are many levels to the Gallery and its work ensuring that you take a good couple of hours to take in the full experience. Unfortunately I ran out of time but would definitely recommend to anyone going to Dublin.
Written 1 March 2020
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Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your recent visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery again in the future.
Written 4 March 2020
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Gregfrompreston
Preston, UK42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A free art gallery deserves a full day visit. Particularly enjoyed the Special Turner exhibition and some of the photography. The main collection seems to have one example from all the great master painters, which is not bad in a small country that never pillaged the whole world. The cafe was particularly good.
Written 11 January 2020
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Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We hope you enjoyed your recent visit to the Gallery, Gallery Café and temporary exhibitions. I have passed your positive feedback on to my colleagues. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery again.
Written 13 January 2020
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Paddy107
New York NY78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I stop in here every time I am in Dublin and they just keep improving the visitor experience. From 15 years ago to the present the difference is noticeable. Great for all ages, great for one of those rainy afternoons you know that will happen. A small donation is all that is asked in return for viewing great art.
Written 22 February 2020
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Thank you for your positive review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your recent visit. I have passed your feedback on to my colleagues for their attention. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery in the future.
Written 24 February 2020
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Greg M
Millersville, PA261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
My wife and I visited this wonderful art gallery (again) on a Saturday. We were lucky to catch the 1:30 PM guided tour by one of the gallery's most knowledgeable art history docents. Her tour revolved about "Costumes and Culture" (we now wish we had written down her name). The group of about 25 visitors followed the docent around from one beautiful painting to the next while she told the most interesting stories about the subjects in the paintings and other facts related to the history and the artist. Our favorite painting and the docent's most interesting description came in front of John Lavery's painting titled, "The Artist's Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen." The docent made the painting come to life and told things about Hazel, her husband John, the daughters and the painting itself that piqued your interest in finding more information about this fascinating family.

If you can visit this art gallery on a Saturday make sure you do not miss one of the guided tours conducted by a gallery's art historian.

M Greg Miller
Millersville, Pennsylvania, USA
Written 30 March 2022
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Dear Mr Miller, Thank you for your positive review of the National Gallery of Ireland and the Gallery’s free public tours. We are delighted to read you enjoyed the tour and we wish to let you know we have shared your kind feedback with our colleagues in the Tours Office. We look forward to welcoming you and your wife back to the Gallery again soon. Kind regards, Visitor Experience team, National Gallery of Ireland
Written 31 March 2022
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Alice G
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We enjoyed the Gainsborough Exhibition but found the restaurant abysmal: unwelcoming and very expensive for a stale scone and barely warm coffee. There used to be a lovely restaurant here. Would advise visitors to go elsewhere.
Written 15 March 2022
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Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are delighted you enjoyed visiting the Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings exhibition but we are sorry to read of your experience dining at the Gallery Café. We will share your feedback with our colleagues in the Curatorial and Exhibitions departments, and in addition, the Gallery Café management team as it we are constantly re-evaluating our services based on our visitor feedback as we are committed to achieving the Gallery’s aim of providing the highest standard of visitor experience. Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery in the future.
Written 19 March 2022
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Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
My first Carravaggio happened there. And it was brilliant! If you like Picasso he's there as well. And Rembrant is too. And many of genious Irish artists that i met there. Galery looks like a labyrinth, shaped in modern style, with guides and curators all over the place assisting and explaning everything you are looking for. You can easily spend 3 hours of enjoying of world class art and later relax in beautiful cafeteria on the ground floor.
Written 15 October 2020
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Thank you for your positive comments. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your visit to the National Gallery of Ireland and collection. We appreciate your feedback as we are constantly reviewing our existing wayfinding to assist visitor navigation as we are committed to achieving the Gallery’s high level mission of providing the highest standard of visitor experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery again in the future.
Written 16 October 2020
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Sandi R
Cranfield, UK529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Incredible collection. Very well arranged in this beautiful building. We could have spent a full day here as there’s so much to see. The Caravaggio is breathtaking, there’s no restriction on taking photos, just don’t use flash. It’s an amazing gallery, we will be back!
Written 9 February 2020
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Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your recent visit. I have passed your feedback on to my colleagues for their attention. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery again in the future.
Written 13 February 2020
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