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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 #44 of 218 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

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

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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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 

Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

To celebrate NGI's 150th Anniversary, the museum put on one of the most innovative exhibits I've seen - they asked Irish writers to contribute an original verse, poem, story or essay on their favorite piece of art from the NGI collection - so not only did you get to view the best of the best of NGI's collection, you also... 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! Visitor Services More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This free museum is very conveniently located between Trinity College and St. Stephen's Green. It's the right size too -- not overwhelming yet by no means small. Loved the special exhibit called Lines of Vision connecting Irish writers with artists. The modern building in the heart of old Dublin was appealing as well. Take an hour or two out of... 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! Visitor Services More 

Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

NGI are staging sixteen short plays inspired by great paintings hanging in the National Gallery of Ireland. The plays were performed by the Umbrella Theatre Company. We enjoyed eight yesterday afternoon (22-Nov-14) and the next eight are at 3pm on Sat, 29-Nov-14. Unfortunately, they're all sold out so little or no chance of getting tickets. The 10-minute plays were all... 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 and are glad you enjoyed our NGI plays. 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... More 

Miami, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The gallery is undergoing some renovations so only the main works of art are on displayed. It is not the Louvre or Prado, but it has a nice collection, including a Caravaggio, Velazquez, Vermeer, Rubens...

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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 

Wicklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Paid my most recent visit to the National Gallery specifically to view their Lines of Vision exhibition, which couples artwork from the gallery itself with pieces written by selected Irish authors and poets. The exhibition space is impressive and includes footage of interviews with the writers. A simple idea very cleverly executed, covering a good cross-section of the gallery's overall... 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. Visitor Services More 

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