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National Gallery of Ireland

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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: + 353 1 661 5133
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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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Museum under renovation

I was disappointed there was only one main gallery open to the public since the rest of the museum was under renovations. However, I attended a free video screening of an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's been on the long finger for some time but finally made the trip and certainly worth every step. Unless your joining a guided tour be sure to pickup a layout leaflet in the foyer. The staff throughout gallery are very helpful. I made a bee line for the Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ painted in 1602... Priceless..

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Spa, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place is really beautiful and the things that they have are amazing ! Perfect when it rain and you don't want to loose your time.. and it's free so, it's better

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was disappointed there was only one main gallery open to the public since the rest of the museum was under renovations. However, I attended a free video screening of an Introduction to Moorish Architecture in Spain and that was a big plus to an otherwise disappointing trip to the museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is currently still u dear renovation so the whole museum is not open to the public. They do have many of their better pieces on display. We especially enjoyed seeing the Vermeer . The Caravaggio, however, was on loan to London so we missed that. This is a free museum so you should really take some time to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to chill out and look at this fantastic selection of Art. Well worth a visit to the cafe which is excellent. I went in June and it was not to busy (11am).

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good central location. Admission is by donation, so you can pop in for a short visit. They have a few really nice pieces. Decent gift shop.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being from Dublin, I looked forward to bringing my 3 and a half year old to visit. We visit lots of museums and galleries and we were passing the National gallery. Disappointingly, most of it seemed to be closed but the European Art gallery was open and is my favourite. On entering, my daughter immediately said that she was going... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, they are in the middle of changing displays during my stay in Dublin. There were only two displays open...the European Gallery and the Print Gallery. I would have loved to have seen more Irish artist but guess that will have to wait for another trip. In the European Gallery (1850-1950), there was a Picasso, Monet, Signac, Van Gogh to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we visited we were a little dissapointed. It's a funky looking building with great potential. There are a few facinating masterpieces but there is also a lot of uninteresting prints. (In my opinion, I'm no art guru) just comparing to other national galleries e.g Edinburgh and London. Some areas were closed for preparation of new exhibitions. Needless to say... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have the time there is a small part of the museum that is open. First, congratulations to Ireland for making the arts accessible to everyone. Although donations are accepted, having pieces such as Van Gogh and Monet and other Masters, impressionists and painters from different periods available is fabulous, You can do this very quickly but if you... More 

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