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National Gallery of Ireland

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Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: + 353 1 661 5133
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Description: 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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Some nice paintings in here

Just spent a nice hour in here, well worth a visit, loads of relly nice paintings, particularly liked the Yeats paintings, and also the famous one by Carravagio. Give it a twirl... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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Teaneck, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

"Lines of Vision" exhibit on until 12th April is special. Pick up one of the books, and read the writers chose each of these works. Added a lot of meaning. Much of the rest of the museum is apparently under construction.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

In the shop, a certain painting was on everything. The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, by Frederic William Burton. I could not find it. Sold said a custodian. There were some horrible Picasso's that kids could have done. The Irish Writers display was empty. Good thing it was free, very dissapointing.

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

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you found your visit dis-satisfactory. Our gallery shop displays numerous items including 'The Meeting on the Turret Stairs' by Frederick William Burton. This painting is currently on view on Mondays and Wednesdays to protect and preserve this particular painting as it is a watercolour. Long exposure to light may in time... More 

Makati City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Why would you not go to a free art gallery with Yeats and a Picasso and Caravaggio?? The galleries (that were open at that time) were two, Masterpieces and Lines of Vision and they are sure gonna make your way and appreciate visual arts. Great lighting for some of the special sections of the gallery as well.

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

Thank you for your review. We are always delighted to hear this kind of feedback. We hope to welcome you to the National Gallery of Ireland on a future visit. Kind Regards, Visitor Services More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Just spent a nice hour in here, well worth a visit, loads of relly nice paintings, particularly liked the Yeats paintings, and also the famous one by Carravagio. Give it a twirl, you'll like it, and it's free!!

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

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and especially our Caravaggio 'The Taking of the Christ' and our Yeats masterpieces. We hope to welcome you again in the near future. Kind regards, Visitor Services More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I enjoyed touring the gallery. There is no admission fee. There is a Vermeer on display and the story with it was interesting. Apparently, the widow of Vermeer could not afford her baker bill after the artist died so she gave a painting to the baker to cover her bill. Who knows if it's true but it sure is interesting!... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us and in particular Vermeer's painting. Vermeer's 'Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid' , c.1670, is an excellent example of Fine Dutch artwork and we are delighted to showcase this masterpiece to our visitors. If you would like any more information on our current or... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The gallery is quite small, not a lot of paintings. I have been a couple of times and it doesn't do anything for me. The architecture of building is also boring. However it is free!

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

Thank you for your review. We are disappointed that you didn't enjoy your visit. Our gallery will re-open the rest of the building in 2016 and we hope to welcome you back then where it will be larger and have more on display. Kind regards, Visitor Services More 

brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

great gallery really glad we went. Beautiful pictures and some real gems..only 2 rooms were open but found the curators very helpful - a german guy who explained all about the picasso picture and another chap who explained about the frames...not busy and quiet and plenty of time and space to enjoy on a week day. a shame half o... 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 delighted that you enjoyed your visit while here. 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... More 

Bodo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Free entrance and lots of works from well-known painters. We ended up buying a print from a Picasso painting, which was very cool.

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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. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit while here in the National Gallery of Ireland. If you would like to plan a future visit, please check out our website where you can find our latest gallery news. We also have our gallery newsletter available at our information desk. We hope... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Oh what a pity, this was the first on a list of must see attractions in Dublin and it all seemed a little lacklustre! Poor signage, wondering around for long periods with no direction. Once at an exhibit it is goodbut spent most of the time wondering around lost. A bit more signage would work wonders!!!!

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Dublin, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I'm from Dublin and have been coming to the gallery for decades. It's in a bad way now. You really have to work hard to find your way around as nothing seems to flow naturally. A tiny fraction of its available works are on display. Gallery staff are disinterested. The gallery itself is a warren of closed locked doors and... More 

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