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National Gallery of Ireland

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The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Admission is free to the permanent collections. The historic wings have recently been refurbished and reopened to the public. Entrance to the gallery is...more
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Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

I had been looking to visit the gallery for a while and found out that it opens late on a Thursday evening so we were able to take full advantage of the extended hours. Two tours take place on a Thursday evening, at 5.30 and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AndreaLHenry
Reviewed 2 days ago

This gallery has a wide range of paintings spanning hundreds of years. Finding particular pieces can be a bit confusing because of the layout of the building but the staff are very helpful. We went especially to see the Turner watercolours which are only shown...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lingy07
NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit, especially the Turner exhibition which runs for the month of January. We hope to welcome you back to the Gallery again in the future.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely museum, much to see. We loved wandering around the galleries. Splendid art, friendly staff. We liked that it was one of my he stops on the Hop On Hop Off bus so it was easy for us to visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ConnieatBamff
NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and found the staff friendly. We hope to welcome you back to the Gallery again in the future.

Reviewed 3 days ago

I must say that we all found the layout of the gallery confusing and not really in a chronological order. This isn't helped by the change in levels and physical barriers between the new and old. Perhaps we needed to spend a bit more time...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank johngibson2016
NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are sorry to hear you had a confusing experience in the Gallery. Due to the varying nature of the four unique wings, orientation through the Gallery may not be straightforward though we do...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely art pieces in the city center for free! My friends and I enjoyed it very much. We spent three hours there without even noticing!!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank georgiossakarellos
NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, we hope to welcome you back tot he Gallery again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on the 21st December 2018. Free entry. Spent about 2 hours here. Well laid out galleries and you are provided with more than enough information about each piece of art work. Good mix of different artists/periods from my limited experience of art galleries. Highlight...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and found a good range of artwork on display. Thank you for your comments and we hope to welcome you back to the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's been such a pleasure to once again roam through the restored saloons and galleries of the national art museum . I come to the gallery on my yearly visits to Dublin. The gallery has free enterance except for some temporary exhibitions. There are two...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marie G
NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed you visit and appreciated the range of both Irish and European art on display as well as the building itself. You can find out more...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum houses many beautiful works of art, of course, but I especially enjoyed the works by Irish artists that I’d not seen before.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank travelingBard23
NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the works of Irish artists that you had not viewed before. We hope to welcome you back to the Gallery again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum had limited exhibits that I found interesting. There was 1 section that had some contemporary art but the rest was a little more limited. However the building that housed was modern and the the exhibits were laid out cleanly and well organized. I...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kgv2828
NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation of the National Gallery of Ireland. The primary focus of the Gallery's collection is that of the Old Masters (the collection dates back to the 13th century) up until the mid 20th century. While there are contemporary works...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They didn’t seem to have a wide variety of art pieces; expect mostly/only European art. Great that it’s free; audio guide comes without charge too. Cafe and shop were comfortable and lovely places to visit too.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PTSL
NatGalIrl, Visitor Experience Administrator at National Gallery of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of the National Gallery of Ireland. The National Gallery of Ireland specializes in Irish and European Art, ranging from the 13th century to the present day. Thank you for your comments and we hope to welcome you back to the...More

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simpangratis
January 13, 2019|
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Hello, yes I think they do. I think the best thing is to send them a mail via their site. Stating you dates and times. they will revert with the availibity.
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Entrance to the National Gallery of Ireland is free. There are some temporary exhibitions that require admission and for these, such as the current Roderic O'Conor exhibition, the €5 ticket applies for Thursdays after 5pm... More
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Hello, thank you for your question and interest in the National Gallery of Ireland. We currently have a photography policy in place which allows visitors to take pictures of certain artworks.The National Gallery of Ireland... More
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