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National Gallery of Ireland

Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
Phone Number: + 353 1 661 5133
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Ranked #42 of 253 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of...
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Type: Art Museums, 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 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

To mark the national gallery's 150 years, contemporary Irish writers and poets were invited to choose a painting which inspired them and to comment & write about it. I found it really interesting to see a picture from the eyes of someone else and written about in thought-provoking language. I was particularly moved by Donal Ryan's account of the painting... More 

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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 delighted that you enjoyed your visit and in particular our 'Lines of Vision' exhibition. All the latest news, current exhibitions and events can be found on our website, so you can easily plan your future visit. Thank you once again! Kind regards, Visitor Services More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

National Gallery is a must visit for all art lovers. The ambience is nice and calm. The collection is nicely presented and detailed. Though photography is allowed in certain areas of gallery, you can buy books from the shop on the ground floor. Don't forget to have a coffee and sandwich at the cafeteria.

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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 found on our website, so you can easily plan your future visit. Thank you once again! Kind Regards, Visitor Services More 

North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The annual Turner Exhibition wa on display and what a treat...the rest of the Gallery is super too. Do visit

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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 delighted to hear that you enjoyed our 'Turner' exhibition which will be on display until 31st of January. All the news, current exhibitions and events can be found on our website, so you can easily plan your future visit. Kind Regards, Visitor Services More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

This exhibition is ONLY on in January, each year. This year the watercolours are in their original frames. Really worth a visit. The Reichenbach falls of Sherlock Holmes fame is a gem. You might spot Moriarty. It tends to get busy at weekends.

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NatGalIrl, Vistior 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 found on our website, so you can easily plan your future visit. Thank you once again! More 

Sheffield, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Although many of the galleries are currently closed for the Christmas holidays, the National Gallery is still worth visiting. It is very central and is free with an excellent cafe. There are two special exhibitions open, firstly the rather small gallery of entries for the 2014 Hennessy portrait prize and secondly the Lines of Vision exhibition. The Lines of vision... More 

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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 found on our website, so you can easily plan your future visit. Thank you once again! More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Wonderful gallery with old masters, modern Irish artists and great open cafe and bookshop. Under going revamp at the moment so full exhibitions are not available at the moment. Part of the city and close to the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College which is also always worth a look. Surrounded by Georgian Dublin too.

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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 found on our website, so you can easily plan your future visit. Thank you once again! More 

Greystones, Ireland, Europe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I've visited the national art gallery many times since I was a child. I still prefer the lay out in the older section, larger rooms, well spaced out works, you feel like you have plenty of time to stroll and take them in. Try to go in chronological order so you see the progression of art through the ages.

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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. Refurbishment of the Gallery is scheduled to be completed by mid-2016. Until this time, access to the gallery and its physical collection is indeed limited but our curators and exhibitions department are doing their utmost to showcase as much of the highlights of... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A really interesting art gallery with some great masters next to lesser-known painters. The "eclectic" part is that they had maybe a 17th Century picture next to a 20th century picture. Better known artists like Picasso, Vermeer etc and also lesser-known ones which were also interesting. The description labels next to the paintings were also helpful, giving background to the... More 

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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. Our 'Lines of Vision' exhibition consists of 56 acclaimed Irish writers, who have written new stories, essays and poems which are based on their favourite piece from our collection. This collaboration of art and literature,... More 

Surrey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

To be honest I went for the impressionists and then realised that this forms a tiny part of the collection. The special exhibition slightly compensates for the fact that the permanent collection is rather poor. The whole collection is not that big anyway and I ended up leaving fairly quickly.

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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 sorry that you found your visit less than satisfactory due to our current refurbishment. We are doing necessary upgrades to our building structure and bringing the National Gallery of Ireland up to present museum standards such as climate control. This refurbishment is... More 

Chicago, Il
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This once magnificent collection has been truncated into a kind of "Best Of" exhibit on one floor of the newest addition and an interesting mashup exhibit on another. It appears that there is work being done at the entrance to the original building on Merrion Square West. But that does not seem to explain why all of the galleries in... 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. We are disappointed to hear that you did not have a satisfactory experience while visiting our Gallery. Refurbishment of the Gallery is scheduled to be completed by mid-2016. Until this time, access to the gallery and its physical collection is indeed limited but... More 

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