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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

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Address: Benburb St., Dublin 7, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-1-677-7444
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Description: Decorative Arts & History is home to a wide range of objects, which...
Decorative Arts & History is home to a wide range of objects, which include weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; as well as examples of folk life and costume.
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2 Museums in one. The Arts side was great, but the military side really gave you a new outlook on Irish history. There was even a room devoted to the Irish who fought in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

2 Museums in one. The Arts side was great, but the military side really gave you a new outlook on Irish history. There was even a room devoted to the Irish who fought in the American Civil War, including the "Fighting 69th."

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is very close to Heuston station and has its own LUAS stop. Best of all, it's free. There was so much to look at. I really enjoyed the exhibit on the history of money.It really does feature lots of decorative things. It is a large, beautiful, old complex with several floors of exhibits. I wish I had allotted... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a great place for kids. It has some amazing exhibitions and workbooks for children and we were especially impressed by the exhibitions around the 1916 rising and the civil war as my daughter was carrying out a school project

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Chilliwack, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We were staying down the street and decided to visit the museum on the last day of our stay. It generally opens at ten so when we arrived on the dot of ten to find it closed for training until eleven, we adjusted our plans and came back mid afternoon. The overall displays are excellently laid out and curated, but... More 

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Pooler, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Just happened to wander into this building, which is deceiving because when you walk through the main entrance you enter onto a massive parade ground encased on three sides by the museum itself. Each wing is a different perspective of Irish life over decades - rooms set up and decorated as they would have been, displays of period clothes for... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Had an enjoyable visit to this museum on the Saturday after Easter. It is possible to park in the grounds of the barracks - please do 'Pay and Display' as we witnessed visitors having to pay to have their wheel unclamped! It is interesting the way the old barrack buildings have been utilised to house exhibits and to view the... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a unique museum and has lots of different exhibits for different interests. Too many to describe but you should read about it and decide if there is anything that interests you. Personally, we loved it and spent a pleasant 2 hours there.

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dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a great museum for both adults and children. today I took my nephews to the Great war voices exhibit and the 1916 exhibit. They love the bit where they get to dress up and put on uniforms and to look at the tanks. We had a nice lunch in brambles and then they left (after counting their paces... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The curators did an excellent job organizing the museum. It has a great layout, plaques are informative but not overly detailed. The museum includes many little thoughtful items such as explaining certain rules about the museum (why you cannot touch things, why the lighting is low, etc). There are some fun interactive exhibits that allow you to touch certain items... More 

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dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I passed Collins Barracks for years on the way to work . Always knew it was there and said @ i must visit that sometime'. Well I did and its fantastic - Loads to see on irish History and the way of life. This is free and its worth spending 2/3 hours here. I found the staff very friendly and... More 

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