Free National Museum of Ireland Guidebook

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

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Free National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History Guidebook

This museum charts Ireland's economic, social, political and military progress through the ages and makes up the National Museum of Ireland, together with the Archaeology and Natural History collections. Artefacts at Collins Barracks range from silver, Asian Art, ceramic and glassware pieces to weaponry, furniture, examples of folk-life and costume.

Please note: the Dickie Bird exhibition will be closed for October


  • Irish Silver Collection
  • Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition
  • The Way We Wore Exhibition
  • The Easter Rising: Understanding 1916

Did you know

- Collins Barracks were originally called The Barracks, and was renamed in honour of Michael Collins, First Commander in Chief during the Irish War of Independence

- Collins Barracks were built in 1702 as military barracks and are the second oldest public building in Ireland (first being Royal Hospital Kilmainham, home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art)

- Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the main leaders of the 1798 rebellion was held prisoner, court-martialled and convicted of treason at Collins Barracks

Things to see:

Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising (from 3rd March)

This exciting new exhibition will explore the ideas, movements and personalities of early 20th century Ireland, the dramatic events of Easter Week, the impact it had on the city and its citizens, and the Irish nation as a whole. These themes will be explored, in both Irish and international contexts, through the stories of civilians, rebels, and the leaders of the Rising.

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IB Jorgensen Exhibition

From the 1950s to the 1990s, Danish born Ib Jorgensen was one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers, attracting a clientele from amongst the wealthiest and stylish women in the country. A graduate of Dublin’s Grafton Academy of Dress Designing, Ib was only twenty two years old when he set up his own salon and his name was to become synonymous with elegant, glamorous clothing. He displayed a relentless attention to detail in his work, and the hallmarks of his classic clothing were fine tailoring and perfect finishing.

The Eileen Gray Exhibition

The Eileen Gray exhibition posthumously realised one of Gray’s last ambitions – to have her work brought back to Ireland. Regarded as one of the most influential 20th Century designers and architects, the exhibition includes such important items as the adjustable chrome table and the non-conformist chair.

How to get there:

    Bus: 90 (from Aston Quay); 25, 25A, 66, 67 (Pearse St and Westmoreland St)
    LUAS: Red Line Museum stop

see the: full list of attractions included

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 14.00 - 17.00

Closed: Mondays, Bank Holidays, St Patrick's Day, Good Friday and 25th December

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Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7


+353 1 677 7444