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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

  • National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
  • 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.


  • Irish Silver Collection
  • Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition
  • The Way We Wore Exhibition
  • "Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising" exhibition

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:

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.

Asgard- The 1914 Howth gun-running vessel conserved

The yacht Asgard is one of the most iconic items of recent Irish history. From her building in 1905 by Colin Archer, the gre How to get thereat Norwegian naval architect, to her pivotal role in the 1914 Howth gun-running and her later use as Ireland’s first national sail-training vessel, the yacht has had many incarnations

See full list of exhibitions by visiting

How to get there:

    Bus: 90 (from Aston Quay); 25, 25A, 66, 67 (Pearse St and Westmoreland St)
    LUAS: Red Line Museum stop
    Parking: On-site pay and display

see the: full list of attractions included

incl. bank holidays
Monday 13.00 - 17.00
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 13.00 - 17.00

Closed: Good Friday and 25th December

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Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7


+353 1 677 7444