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National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
+ 353 1 661 5133
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Ranked #50 of 284 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Owner description: The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Admission is free to the permanent and temporary... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The family had a great wee day out here loved the banter and the free chocolates ??? Bring your family here the quality is fabulous

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The museum was under renovation but the main gallery was open with limited masters. The museum was free, so that was a plus, but assuming this is a quality museum after the renovations. The gift shop contains nice books and postcards of the paintings that were not on displayed.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The museum has some nice pieces but only one main gallery was open and it has maybe 150 works. I gather the Yeats collection is open only on invitation. I was interested in an exhibit from the Archives on the history of the museum itself.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was one of the best free experiences for us in the city.The paintings on view were all very good. It is a pity that, because of work being done on the museum, there was so little open.The temporary entrance could easily be missed.

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Guernsey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There is a big programme of upgrading which means you have to go in through a side door. It' a bit hard to find your way around as some of the rooms seem to be closed, but the works on show are well selected, well hung and well lit, and make for a pleasurable hour or two. There is a... More

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NatGalIrl, Visitor Services at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of your visit to the National Gallery. We are always delighted to hear that kind of feedback from our visitors. Refurbishment of the Gallery is scheduled to be completed by mid-2016 so unfortunately partial room closures will continue for the time being. All the news, current exhibitions, events... More

Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have been putting off going here for years and when I finally got a day off I thought I would treat myself to a bit of irish art culture, only to be disappointed. I was expecting a lot more paintings from ireland and anywhere in general but there were the Masterpiece collection then the print gallery upstairs and that... More

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NatGalIrl, Visitor Services at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit to the National Gallery. I'm very sorry that you were disappointed by the limited number of Irish paintings available during our refurbishment. We are currently re-hanging our Irish Masterpieces section in preparation for a new exhibition opening in October. We hope to have a small selection of... More

Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Make a point to see "Meeting on the Turret Stairs", Ireland's favorite painting. To protect the color, it is only available for viewing 3 hours per week! It is extraordinary. They also have a Vermeer, a Renoir and a Monet - nice collection. And it is free!

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NatGalIrl, Visitor Services at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write such a positive review! We are always delighted to hear that kind of feedback from our visitors. At present The Meeting on the Turret Stairs is not available for viewing due to a re-hang in the Irish Masterpieces section. We hope to have it back on view as soon as possible. All... More

Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We visited the National Art Gallery with our granddaughter on 27th August 2014. I was a regular visitor to the gallery in the 80s and always enjoyed the well managed layout and the restaurant/cafe. Unfortunately things seem to have gone backwards since. I understand there is a rebuilding programme at the old main entrance which will not be completed until... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

If you are in Dublin a trip to the national gallery is a just. Some of the most beautiful paintings in the world are housed here. Entry is free and the gallery is very easy to navigate. It really is well worth the time, and that is what you should take to enjoy it!

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NatGalIrl, Visitor Services at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write such a positive review! We are always delighted to hear that kind of feedback from our visitors. All the news, current exhibitions, events can be find on our website, so you can easily plan your future visit. Thank you once again! More

Overland Park,KS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There are only 2 wings to this Gallery so if you only have 1 hour, you can see most of the art exhibited. Free.

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NatGalIrl, Visitor Services at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review! We are always delighted to hear feedback from our visitors. All the news, current exhibitions, events can be find on our website, so you can easily plan your future visit. Thank you once again! More

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