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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

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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Pleasantly spent three hours / Příjemně strávené tři hodiny

The Gallery is smallish, but worth the visit. I really liked the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 (it is on till Mar 26, 2017), the Stories of Ireland in Art (till Jan 17, 2017) were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We didn't spend a lot of time here and didn't find it particularly easy to find our way around and the only "map" we found wasn't a lot of help. However, we did see some lovely pieces of art but the Caravaggio that we really wanted to see was out on loan!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I assume that you can see more once the reconstruction is finished. Right now it is just a minimum to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Gallery is smallish, but worth the visit. I really liked the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 (it is on till Mar 26, 2017), the Stories of Ireland in Art (till Jan 17, 2017) were interesting and the European Art (permanent exhibition) is a must-see - compact, but good collection with some highlights such as Still Life with a Mandolin by... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As some other reviews have previously stated, while it is on the smallish side for a national art gallery, there are still some very impressive offerings. There is no entry fee so why not take a chance of being interested and finding something intriguing? The interior design is modern and challenging to the point of IMO, there being no natural... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst there is a Monet and other well known paintings I found this particular painting haunting, on loan from the Bank of Ireland it is a beautiful piece and one not to be missed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is well laid out with a very ornate building complete with audio visual room, learning resource room, activity car, lecture theatre and of course the exhibits which were separated in two different floors. There are prehistoric Ireland exhibits that trace archaeological riches featuring objects such as saddle quern used to grind corn; gold objects found in hoards discovered... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Now I am not particularly into art but was lured in because of the impressive architectural aspect of the building.spent time in the historical section.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a beautiful gallery, but it seemed smaller then I thought it would be. I was expecting to spend a while looking around but I was only there for about an hour and a half. I am comparing it to my experience at the Metropolitan in New York or National Gallery in London, which probably isn't fair.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Some fantastic pieces of art on show. Who can argue with free either.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Not a very big art museum, but lovely none the less. I was there mainly to see their Vermeer, as he's my favorite artist, but I was pleasantly surprised by the works available. Very accessible space. Also had a reasonably priced tasty cafe.

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