Dublin's museums are a treasure trove of the city and the country's history.
Here we run through some of the best art galleries Dublin has to offer.
Admission: free, but you must book in advance
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. Highlights include Ireland’s National Portrait Collection, the Yeats Archive and stained glass by Harry Clarke.
A short walk away is the National Photographic Archive, which also hosts regular exhibitions based on the photographic collections of the National Gallery.
Hugh Lane held the first exhibition of Irish art in London in 1904. Four years later, he established the world’s first gallery of modern art in Dublin city centre. The gallery then acquired the studio and archive of Francis Bacon and continues to add to its collection today. Based in Charlemont House on Dublin’s Parnell Square, it attracts art enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.
The LAB Gallery is located on Foley Street – just a stone’s throw from Dublin’s main thoroughfare O’Connell Street.
The LAB was established by Dublin city’s local authorities back in 2005 as a municipal arts hub. It offers emerging artists rehearsal and incubation spaces, along with a gallery to showcase their work.
Admission: free, timed ticket required
Based among the beautifully manicured gardens of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, IMMA is an artistic treat before you even step through the doors. Established in 1990, the gallery has since become the second-most visited free attraction in Ireland. It houses a wildly diverse array of works, installations and visiting exhibitions. It is definitely one of the art galleries in Dublin most worth visiting.
Building is currently closed to the public, but you can visit its window exhibition: IN THESE STRANGE TIMES
The 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 in Dublin for young people to visit, as the exhibitions are interactive. Instead of placing artworks on the wall to be observed, visitors gain experiences related to cutting-edge research and creativity.
Ireland’s national centre for contemporary photography is located in the heart of Temple Bar. Among the hustle and bustle of Meeting House Square, you’ll find exhibitions, artist mentoring, portfolio printing and photography courses.
This is one of the smaller art galleries in Dublin, but it provides an important space for contemporary artists to create and show their work. Located right in the heart of the city, it’s worth dropping by after a shopping trip to town or a visit to Cows Lane market.
Based in The Liberties neighbourhood just south of the River Liffey, Pallas Projects is a non-commercial, artist-run gallery and studio space. Since 1996, it has hosted exhibitions, installations and performances by local and international artists. Visitors can enjoy a diverse range of works from solo projects and group exhibitions. This is one gallery definitely worth supporting.
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