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National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 661 5133
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The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Admission is free to the permanent collections. The historic wings have recently been refurbished and reopened to the public. Entrance to the gallery is via Merrion Sq and Clare Street entrances.
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  • Average13%
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“on display” (118 reviews)
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Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
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+353 1 661 5133
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"irish art"
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"on display"
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"van gogh"
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"small collection"
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"art lovers"
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"works of art"
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"free admission"
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"merrion square"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed yesterday

free entrance to the permanent collections, great museum, its architecture is amazing, has very nice exhibitions

Thank elm0sh
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A thoroughly pleasant gallery (made all the more pleasant by the free entry). Lots of paintings depicting Irish people. Ireland is a history of people synonymous with struggle, hardship and endeavour. This came accross very well in the art. It helped me better understand Dublin...More

Thank Richard B
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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review and recommend the National Gallery of Ireland. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, in particular the Irish art collection. We hope to welcome you back to the Gallery again in the future.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time I come to this wonderful gallery I chastise myself for leaving it so long! I try to visit once a year and in just find it such an oasis of calm in the busy city. Every time I visit I find something new...More

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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time review and recommend the National Gallery of Ireland. We are happy to hear you find the Gallery an oasis of calm! You might be interested to know that the Gallery also offers free mindfulness tours- check out our What's...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A grand gallary with a thoughtful section for kids to indulge in art. Must visit for families. The variety of art piecses is amazing. There aren't many famous art portraits though.

Thank nehapd
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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Many thanks for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit, especially our Creative Space. Thank you for your comments and we hope to welcome you back to the Gallery again.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was really great to finally visit this place. I've spent my lifetime seeing many of these paintings in history books from primary school to university. Seeing them in person was nostalgic almost. So much inside there. So much talent. I was a little sad...More

Thank Denhay
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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit, especially those familiar works. As the Meeting on the Turret Stairs is a watercolour on paper, it is very sensitive to the light...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in for the Drawing Ireland exhibit. It was even better than expected. We didn’t have time for any of the other exhibits but we did cruise through the gift shop and it had some great options. Definitely a good place to find some...More

Thank Kendra S
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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Drawing Dublin exhibition (closing August 26th) and the Gallery shop. Thank you for your comments and we hope to welcome you back to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on a Sunday and wasn't disappointed. The permanent collection is free and was more comprehensive than what I was expecting. There are plenty of Irish artists that are highlighted. Would recommend a visit even if you're not an art lover.

Thank Dorothy C
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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit, in particular the permanent collection. We hope to welcome you to the Gallery again.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well curated and lovely collection. Visits were a highlight of our trip. We went twice, for a couple hours each time. We enjoyed the Portrait Gallery a lot - ranging from modern portraits of sports figures, to historic. The descriptions of the paintings and art...More

Thank Toronto22
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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed both of your recent visits, in particular the wonderful portrait gallery and the free public tours. Thank you very much for your comments and we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In the heart of Dublin this is a great spot to spend a few hours. The museum is modern and spacious. It is free entry (note certain exhibitions cost €10/€15). It’s not overcrowded which is great for viewing the art work. They’ve got a fantastic...More

Thank Niamh O
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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, the Irish as well as the European collection. Thank you for your comments and we hope to welcome you back to the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were disappointed with the collection of art at the gallery. If you are Irish you would love the focus on Irish artists. Very few artists from Europe or elsewhere but to be expected in a national gallery. The art just didn’t appeal to us.More

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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy the collection on display at the Gallery. We do indeed have a large collection of Irish art, however we also have a large collection of...More

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Kaiser1898
3 January 2017|
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Hello, thank you for your question and interest in the National Gallery of Ireland. We currently have a photography policy in place which allows visitors to take pictures of certain artworks.The National Gallery of Ireland... More
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The cloakroom is located at the entrance of the gallery and is free of charge. While coats and bags may be left at the cloakroom, large suitcases and large rucksacks are no longer accepted. We allow bags that are similar... More
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Hello there, The gallery and you can google them will advise times of tours. I have to say I like meandering by myself but then again I have a diploma in Fine and Decorative Art. I attended extra mural lectures in Trinity... More
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