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National Gallery of Ireland

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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: + 353 1 661 5133
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The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European...

The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Admission is free to the permanent and temporary collections. The gallery is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment plan and remains partly open to the public during the works. Please note that entrance to the gallery is via the Clare Street entrance.Masterpieces from the Collection is a special presentation of some of the finest works in the Gallery's collection, now open in the Beit Wing and Millennium Wing (rooms 1 - 10). It includes both Irish and European masterpieces.

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An interesting, manageable gallery

The display space is limited -- this is good for those who must see everything: it won't take all day -- but the artworks are carefully selected and there is no charge to enter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A little disappointing as there didn't seem to be too much on display. For the size of the building we expected more. What there was on display was good though and the shop is excellent, the calf is not too bad either. The buildings architecture is questionable too as there seems to be a lot of empty space with a... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our visit was timed to view the Turner exhibition. The only Caravaggio on view in Ireland is not to be missed.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Gallery of Ireland is quite small, with not a great lot on display... The gallery is divided up into a number of sections, some of these are enjoyable to walk through, others are very poor indeed. The gift shop was quite good, plenty of nice art-themed presents! Perhaps a good rainy day activity if you're close to Merrion... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The display space is limited -- this is good for those who must see everything: it won't take all day -- but the artworks are carefully selected and there is no charge to enter. As well, there is a cafe at street level.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The gallery itself is a lot smaller than you'd expect from a national gallery. Additionally it's not laid out terribly well and finding the room you're interested in can be difficult.

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Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Delighted to see the Turner exhibition and it was worth the visit. I did know the gallery is being renovated but didn't expect so little art on display. I am fortunate that I can visit again but would have been disappointed if this was my only opportunity to visit.

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Sofia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to many national galleries but I've rarely seen so many informative and well-written descriptions next to the paintings. Iit definitely makes a difference when there's a few sentences that give you the most important information regarding the piece of art that you're looking at. I managed to enrich significantly my knowledge on a number of Irish and British... More 

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wexford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Ireland and whenever in Dublin I will always find time to visit the gallery. We were particularly disappointed this visit as there was so little exhibition space actually available for art to be hung. Plenty of space for the restaurant and shop ! While I am well aware of the upgrading of the Milltown and Dargan wing... More 

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Joaquin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was awesome! Nice to have a coat check room especially with Dublin's weather. Everything was laid out perfectly for a seamless visit through all of the gorgeous art. It is still amazing to me the vivid colors in such old paintings. Hundreds of years old and just as alive as when they were painted. The National Gallery is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gallery undergoing a rehab at the moment so many areas closed. However a decent collection , with free entry and a good restaurant. I visited for the Turner exhibition. The bequested collection mandates that it can only be shown in January ( and no charge can be imposed for viewing) its a must see if you are a Turner fan.Mostly... More 

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