Dublin's museums are a treasure trove of the city and the country's history.
At the corner of Merrion Square West and Clare Street, the recently renovated National Gallery is a treasure trove of permanent and temporary art exhibitions and installations, as well as a breathtaking venue for numerous events. Highlights include Ireland’s National Portrait Collection, the Yeats Archive and the Harry Clarke stained glass. A short walk away is the National Photographic Archive, which hosts regular exhibitions based on the photographic collections of the National Gallery.
After Hugh Lane held the first exhibition of Irish art in London in 1904, he transformed it into the world’s first gallery of modern art, which he presented to Dublin city in 1908. The gallery then acquired the studio and archive of Francis Bacon, and continues to attract art enthusiasts from all corners of the globe to Charlemont House in Dublin’s Parnell Square North.
Set in the 17th-century Royal Hospital Kilmainham, amid beautifully manicured gardens, the IMMA is an artistic treat before you even step through the doors. Established in 1990, it has since grown to the second-most visited free attraction in Ireland, housing a wildly diverse array of works and visiting exhibitions.
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Ireland’s national centre for contemporary photography is located in the heart of Temple Bar’s hustle and bustle, in Meeting House Square. As well as exhibitions, the gallery offers artist mentoring, portfolio printing and photography courses.
Science Gallery is based out of Trinity College and bills itself as the space “where science and art collide”. This is one of the best galleries for young people to visit, as the exhibitions are often more like experiences of cutting-edge research and creativity than pieces of art to be observed. Inspiration is guaranteed!
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As anyone who has ever been to Dublin will tell you, we’ve got a vibrant nightlife scene. As the sun sets on the Liffey and darkness sets in, pubs, late bars and nightclubs fill with people looking to enjoy a great night out. Pubs If you’re looking for a jar (Dublin slang for a drink, typically a pint), you won’t have to look far. The city is naturally split into north and south by the river. You’ll likely have heard about Temple Bar, which is located by the river on the south side. You’ll find lots of pubs and restaurants here and it’s an area popular with tourists. To the north, the main thoroughfare is O’Connell Street, off which splinter a number
Dublin's festivals are many and varied, spanning every season and a broad range of interests. Some of the biggest are ones you might guess; but there's a whole host of more unusual – and no less enjoyable! – festivals on offer, just waiting to be joined.