National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Dublin: Hours, Address, National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Decorative Arts & History is home to a wide range of objects, which include weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; as well as examples of folk life and costume.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: North City Centre
How to get there
  • Museum • 2 min walk
  • Smithfield • 7 min walk
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Ger
1 contribution
Fantastic day out
Jul 2021 • Family
Look up the website for this fantastic building and especially it's contents. In this time where everyone is downbeat it's great to be reminded of what a nation we actually belong to. Proud. Silver created in 1700s to glass to clothes, jewellery, furniture....then into the Military section which highlights all that's been done by individuals through the years. Great to see individual details for people in UN, 1916, World Wars and all under 1 roof. Well done to easy accessible site and fantastic collection.
Written 28 July 2021
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raphaelbrescia
7 contributions
Nice museum for those interested in Military history
May 2021
Nice collection of artifacts related to Irish Military history. Exhibitions are separated by a timeline, giving opportunity to notice the technical evolution of the subjects.
Written 16 May 2021
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Roderick
Dublin, Ireland16 contributions
One of the Best
Jan 2020
- Great Museum with a Lot of Attraction.
- Free, and very educational.
- The shop offers a wide variety of memorabilia.
Written 22 October 2020
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Leonor Guevara
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
a huge and interesting place
Sep 2020
The museum is enormous, so much to see. You need at least 4 hours to visit the place, and that is only if you´re not stopping everytime to read everything, unless you're interested in something particular. The decorative section is good, you learn a lot of things about irish lifestyle since its beginnings to nowadays. My favorite part was the war section, they showed every war or battle Ireland had taken part of. You should go too to the separate room where they have the boat Asgard, so beautiful.
Written 9 October 2020
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NeilHoskins
Aylesbury, UK21 contributions
Top Class National Museum
Feb 2020
Fascinating place in a fascinating building (the old Collins Barracks). Truly worthy of being a national museum and FREE! We spent a couple of hours there and barely scratched the surface; we'll definitely be back there on our next visit. We just wandered and never got bored, but if you're looking for something in particular, best use the maps provided or ask the staff. Highlight for me during our limited visit was probably the Henri Cartier-Bresson photos; I didn't previously know he'd been to Ireland. Excellent café and shop, too: I got my John Hanly flat cap there and saved a few euros compared to other places. Watch out for the limited opening on Sundays and Mondays.
Written 27 February 2020
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WoodCutter_86
New Ipswich, NH18 contributions
Great exhibits
Nov 2019
Amazing exhibits of ancient Ireland. I didn't fully realize there was so much from thousands of years BCE. I would go back and spend more time. Great place if it is raining.
Written 12 February 2020
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Mr. James (Wynn’s 1845)
Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
Great free day out
Feb 2020 • Family
Excellent family day out enriched with history and culture. The courtyard is a must see! Easily accessible on the Luas red line
Written 6 February 2020
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leo49phoenix
Kettering, UK23 contributions
Friend visit us from the US.
Jul 2019 • Friends
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!
Written 5 February 2020
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Jim D
Galway, Ireland103 contributions
A very worthwhile Historic visit.
Jan 2020
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.
The Museum is very central and is on the Luas Tram line, admission is free and there is excellent car parking at a nominal charge. To complete your visit drop in to the Museum Shop and Cafe
Written 3 February 2020
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paddiperkins
United Kingdom126 contributions
A real historical highlight
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stumbled across this while out for a walk with no particular destination in mind. It was free admission so we thought we would drop in. Well several hours later we remerged having been totally captivated by the range of historical information & exhibits. Our knowledge of Irish history was probably a little woeful so it was really interesting to see the events of the past presented in a way that helped to inform how things have developed since.
The staff were really helpful and friendly which always is a bonus.
The building it’s self is fascinating and I think has been thoughtfully converted into a museum. I also like the poignant exhibition of art relating to the laundry women & the stations that reflect the issues pertaining to the Rainbow project.
Clearly this review is from an adult perspective but I feel that the amount of children related activities would actually make this a good visit for a family too.
Written 25 January 2020
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  • Sun - Mon 13:00 - 17:00
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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