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National Gallery of Ireland

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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
As featured in 3 Days in Dublin and 2 other guides
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Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
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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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A short & pleasurable visit!

Visited the gallery this afternoon, saw a great array of artists' work - from Picasso to Monet. The exhibit was easy to get around, not crowded or uncomfortable. Relaxing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the gallery this afternoon, saw a great array of artists' work - from Picasso to Monet. The exhibit was easy to get around, not crowded or uncomfortable. Relaxing & educational if a break from shops and crowds needed. There is currently a Caravaggio exhibition on too which we did not attend as is a separate ticketed event. The gallery... More 

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Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gallery is in the city centre, located in the heart of Georgian Dublin. This attraction is FREE! Tourist Tip #1: Parking is metered, and a challenge. Recommend walking, only took a jaunty 15 minute walk from our hotel near St. Stephen's Green. The Gallery opens promptly at 9:15 AM, closes at 5:30 PM daily, except on Thursdays, open until... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Despite some excellent paintings, the exhibition was excessive and overwhelming. Curated for the time strapped tourist, there was little chance to take in individual pieces due to the amount of (loud) visitors and viewing the collection as a whole was difficult as it was so vast.

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Dundalk, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having visited this beautiful gallery many times, I was really disappointed this visit (April 2017). I researched on their website which paintings I wanted most to view and timed my visit to avoid crowds. The current special exhibition (entrance by purchased ticket only) features the work of Caravaggio and contemporaries who were influenced by him. The centre piece of this... More 

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Province of Ourense, Spain
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect plan for a rainy morning or afternoon in Dublin. Interesting combination of different styles. Quiet place, beautiful building and well presented and organized. Lovely cafe where to have something to eat

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Cork
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this impressive exhibition yesterday. Showing some key works by Caravaggio, including Supper in Emmaus and the Betrayal of Christ (both hung alongside each other and worth the trip alone), along with a series of works by artists painting in a Caravaggesque style using chiaroscuro and baroque techniques, the exhibition is a celebration of the reputation of a great... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended Exhibition in the National Gallery on Friday 7th Apr 17. Really interesting with remarkable works by Caravaggio and his followers. Booking highly recommended . Takes about one hour and audio guide is included in entrance fee. Does not include guided tour, these must be booked in advance with education dept and costs about €50 for a group. Only drawback... More 

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A quick half hour in the one gallery, mostly of European impressionists that remains open. No doubt it will be much more interesting when the other galleries reopen.

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Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an incomparable and one-off opportunity to see world class masterpieces by Caravaggio and those upon whom he was a major influencer. There were many of these. In the late 1500s up to his death in 1610 Caravaggio invented a completely novel type of ultra realistic painting, making dramatic use of light and shade. His output has profound psychological... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we were underwhelmed by the collection on display. However, there is still construction going on, so it will hopefully be much better by the time it is finished.

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