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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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Well worth the time to visit (entry is free). Exhibits are slimmed down at the moment due to renovations but there are some excellent paintings on view. Tip: go on Mondays or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Well worth the time to visit (entry is free). Exhibits are slimmed down at the moment due to renovations but there are some excellent paintings on view. Tip: go on Mondays or Wednesdays when you can have a timed viewing of the 'Meeting on the Turret Stairs' - a real highlight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I admit that I was disappointed to find only the Masterpieces - but, yes, they were indeed "masterpieces" - on display, as on previous visits I had seen more Irish art and spent much longer browsing. I did not appreciate the temporary exhibition of paintings and photographs by Sean Scully - it was not to my taste at all. Next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. There is an excellent coffee shop, but the highlight for us was an exhibition of the gallery's masterpieces. These were beautifully displayed and lit and although busy it was possible to see everything clearly. We also visited the Sean Scully exhibition and although much is perhaps not our taste we loved his photos of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The museum hosts a Vermeer and boasts an attributed Caravaggio, but there are other treasures to catch. Unfortunately we did not get to enjoy Irish artists like Jack Yeats (brother of the poet) because of a contemporary exhibit of work by an artist whose work did not float my boat. Download the free app before you go, and please make... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Its FREE to get in and you can get a free audio guide which is helpful and informative, ask at the desk. A lot of their art does not seem to be on display due to the construction. One entire floor was not accessible. The audio was well done for the ~50 pictures that were listed and it was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This was a great way to incorporate the arts with all the cultural history of Dublin. We were able to see works by Monet, Rembrandt and too many others to name. Best of all, it was no charge!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It's hard to complain about an art gallery that is free, in a nice building and has interesting collections, and so I won't. But this collections and spaces are modest in size and the few times I've visited, the curated collections were interesting, though not so memorable. I still prefer the Hugh Lane.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We happened to be passing by here on our way to Merrion Square and decided to pop in as there was no formal charge. So glad we did! What a fantastic little art museum. The collection is not enormous, but is quite representative including Monet, Vermeer, and more. It's nice not to have dedicate an entire day to see the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Avoid coming here! I visit once or twice a year, and have had cause more than once to remark inwardly on how cheeky and downright offensive the staff are. I've just come from another day of being insulted by the ignorant gits employed by the gallery. Whatever you do, don't leave your belongings in the cloakroom: when I went to... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Our Visitor Services Manager is contacting you directly in regards to this matter. Kind regards, Visitor Services More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Although it is a small museum it has some well-known painters and paintings. It deserves a visit if you are around and like art. Didn't like the temporary exposition but that changes from time to time.

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Thank you for taking the time to write a review and recommendations on your visit to The National Gallery. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. With kind regards, Visitor Services More 

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Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: + 353 1 661 5133
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre

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