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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 #46 of 276 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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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Was looking forward to spending a weekday morning here, but there’s only 2 rooms open and a print exhibition on the top floor. When I inquired I was told the museum is still being renovated and should be finished in 2016! So the renovation time is going to be 4 years in total! I was disappointed at the small number... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The National Gallery has an impressive collection of European art: just a few works that fit in two exhibition rooms. But they include exceptional works, including the magnificent The taking of Christ by Caravaggio, a painting where the chiaroscuro highlights the play of conflicting emotions involved in the treason by Judas, a rare external night scene by Rembrant, and a... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We are gallery people, we love our art so were very disappointed with the National Gallery. We would concede that the gallery was undergoing some sort of major renovation but why didn't they save us the trouble and just close it? After seeing on this trip the lovely, yet tiny, Holburne Art Museum in Bath and the massive Tate Modern... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We visited this gallery while on a 12 day trek around Ireland. First of all, let me say that I love this gallery. The works are separated into different sections of the gallery, so it's not overwhelming when you first go in. My 9 year old and I spent the better part of two hours staring at beautiful paintings, amazing... More

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NatGalIrl, Visitor Services Department 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

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I visited whilst the gallery was undergoing a major renovation and rehang, which meant that I was only able to review the 'Masterworks' selection on display. Even so, there are some beautiful works from both the European and Irish collections: including pieces from Caravaggio and Fra Angelica, Goya and Vermeer, Picasso and Leech. Well worth a visit!

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We were delighted that you liked your visit. National Gallery is committed to providing a positive and worthwhile experience for all of our visitors. Thanks again for your review and we look forward to seeing you on another visit in the future. More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

First, the gallery is only partly open during the refurbishment works. It was nice to see the master works concentrated in a single area and Irish interesting paintings, but collections in other galleries are much richer : The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, The National Gallery in London, The Met in NYC, to name a few.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The museum holds a small but significant collection of master works by Caravaggio, Bonnard, Velasquez, even a Picasso and Miro. The Caravaggio: "The Taking of Christ" was recently "discovered" in a local Jesuit monastery. After authentication, it was put on loan to the museum. They also have interesting works by Irish authors. It

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Spent a lovely afternoon exploring the gallery, some really unique pieces of art and the building has a wonderful ambience and brightness about it. Highly recommended for those seeking cheap alternatives whilst visiting Dublin.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

It is not just a place to visit during a rainy day. This free - like the other Irish National Museums are as well - museum is a little gem with unexpected findings. I have for that matter found several of my world favorites hidden here. Not all the layout flows well but overall it is not to complicated to... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I came to Dublin especially to see their Caravaggio and it did not disappoint. You could get up close and take it all in. It is a lovely small gallery with some delightful works (in addition to the Caravaggio), including some nice Spanish works. It has a relaxed ambience and the shop has a good selection of art books.

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