National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

What can I expect
  • Discover amazing exhibitions at some of Ireland's best museums!
  • Learn about Ireland's military history from 1550 to the 21st century at Collins Barracks
  • Get up close to huge skeletons of Ireland’s extinct giant deer and a huge, basking shark at the Natural History Museum
  • Go back thousands of years at the Archaeology museum, and see iconic treasures including the Ardagh Chalic and the 'Tara' Brooch
Please Note:
The National Museum is free to all visitors.

National museum is open seven days per week. Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday - Monday 1pm - 5pm.

Decorative Arts & History is located at Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin, D07 XKV4

Natural History is located at Merrion St.

Archaeology is located at Kildare St.

Decorative Arts & History - Museum Overview

National Museum Collins Barracks

Located at one of Dublin’s most impressive, historic sites on the grounds of Collins Barracks, the National Museum is one of Dublin's favourite attractions, and admission is free.

This former military barracks located close to the Phoenix Park and Heuston Station is home to two diverse collections. The Decorative arts collection includes silver, ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing, jewellery and coins, while the military history collection tells of Ireland’s military and revolutionary past, and is rightly regarded as one of Dublin's best attractions. Some of the fascinating exhibitions include Irish Wars 1919 - 1923, and Soldiers and Chiefs - The Irish at War at Home and Abroad. There are permanent exhibitions, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Decorative Arts & History - Reviews

"Well worth a visit. I was enrolled in a historic roll play platoon and marched round the barracks. Loaded and fired a canon. Very educational!"

"This is a magnificent National Museum with a wide range of Exhibition Galleries containing Historic aspects of Irish life. Highlights include Centuries of Furnishing, The Way we Wore- as in clothing, Irish Silver and remembering the 1916 Rising proclaiming the Irish Republic. Many exhibitions include most interesting historic films and voices from the past."

Getting to The National Museum - Decorative Arts & History

The museum is located at Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin 7, D07 XKV4.

Rail: The museum is located just a few hundred metres from Heuston Station.

Luas: There is a Luas stop right outside the museum. Stop name is Museum!

Bus: Dublin Bus has many routes passing by the museum Check dublinbus.ie for details.

Archaeology - Museum Overview

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is located in the heart of Dublin City close to the Little Museum of Dublin and Trinity College. The stunning museum is home to a great range of iconic Irish treasures, including the Ardagh Chalice, the 'Tara' Brooch and the famous Derrynaflan Hoard.

From Prehistoric Ireland to Ancient Egypt, visitors can see important archaeological artefacts dating from 7000 BC up to the 20th century.

Highlights include the world-famous Iron Age ‘bog bodies’, an exhibition of prehistoric Irish gold, and exhibitons including "The Treasury", "Prehistoric Ireland", and "Clontarf 1014"

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology Reviews

The best museum for Ireland's history

"By far, the best museum I've ever visited in Dublin. I spent like 2 hours there because I read everything. If you would like to learn about Ireland's history, this is the right place. Not only for what you can find while reading, but for all the amazing and well preserved objects that helps you to transport to that era. So complete and enjoyful."

Amazing, fantastic, and awed by all the artefacts.

"Was so informative and interesting. Totally awed by the amount of artifacts displayed so magnificently. It was incredible, appreciate all the hard work that went into it."

Getting to The National Museum - Archaeology

The museum is located at Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Rail: The museum is located just a few hundred metres from Pearse Station.

Luas: There is a Luas stop on Dawson Street, which is close to the museum.

Bus: Dublin Bus has many routes passing by the museum Check dublinbus.ie for details.

Tickets for National Museum

Though the National Museum is free, visitors need to book a free ticket online in advance for the NMI - Archaeology. This is to facilitate physical distancing guidelines.

Natural History - Museum Overview

Exhibits at the Natural History Museum

Built in 1856, the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History is housed in one of the most magnificent buildings in Dublin, and indeed Ireland.

Sometimes described as ‘a museum of a museum’, and the "Dead Zoo", the museum is home to a wide-range and comprehensive zoological collection of more than 10,000 exhibits. Visitors can explore Irish mammals, birds, fish and insects, as well as mammals from around the world.

Highlights include imposing skeletons of Ireland’s extinct giant deer and a huge, a huge basking shark suspended from the ceiling, and other mammals from around the world.

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History Reviews

This is IT!! 100% Visit!!!

"From the moment one walks through the gates to enter this Museum one is treated with nothing but friendly respect. From the attendant just inside the door, who is a mindfull of information, to the friendly and very approachable staff all around the 2 floors, You feel like You are a treasured visitor.

I cannot speak highly enough of this Museum. It's Irelands gift to the World. AND IT'S ENTIRELY FREE!!!"

Getting to The National Museum - Natural History

The museum is located at Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

Rail: The museum is located just a few hundred metres from Pearse Station.

Luas: There is a Luas stop on Dawson Street, which is close to the museum.

Bus: Dublin Bus has many routes passing by the museum. Check dublinbus.ie for details.

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