With Ireland’s National Museums and Galleries located in Dublin, there’s plenty to see for the culturally inclined. Scattered around the city centre you’ll find the National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery and National Library. They provide a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the country and are highly recommended. There’s also a number of smaller galleries and museums in the city and even more going further afield to the county. You can browse the exhibitions in each of them here.

Little Museum of Dublin

A brilliant new addition, The Little Museum's tours reveal the history of a city that has undergone remarkable changes in the last 100 years, from the visit of Queen Victoria to the global success of U2.


National Museum of Ireland

Ireland's national museum spans three different sites in the city. Archaeology is located in Kildare St, Natural History in Merrion St and Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, Benburb St. National Museum of Ireland is Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture.


Epic – The Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and the future with 1,500 years of Irish history and culture housed in its atmospheric vaults. The world’s only fully digital museum, experience this breathtaking story in state-of-the-art interactive galleries, complete with touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and a feast of powerful audio and video that bring Irish history to life. Watch characters from the past tell one-of-a-kind tales of adventure and perseverance, conflict and discovery, belief and community.


National Gallery of Ireland

Holding more than 15,000 works with free admission, lectures, tours and workshops. Current exhibitions include James Stephens, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the 1916 Rising. The exhibition is based around this seminal chronicle of the Easter Rising in which Stephens mentions encounters with friends – many of them well-known cultural and political figures.


National Library of Ireland

Collects, preserves, promotes and makes accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland. The Library has an ongoing programme of exhibitions.


Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. Hosts a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions and education programmes.


Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

The gallery’s original collection of modern art was presented by Sir Hugh Lane in 1908 and, in the ethos of its founder the gallery continues to collect and exhibit modern and contemporary art. The Hugh Lane’s role has been enhanced over the years by notable bequests and gifts, including most recently, Francis Bacon’s Studio and Archive and Sean Scully’s gift of paintings.


Chester Beatty Library

Established in 1950, to house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The Library's collections are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions".


Epic - The Irish Emigration Museum

Journey Through 1500 Years of Irish History

More galleries & museums

Gallery of Photography

Exhibits, talks and events at the national centre for photography in Ireland. Located in Temple Bar. The Gallery of Photography is the national centre for contemporary photography in Ireland and is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.


Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, both the guardian and storyteller for over 1.5 million people. From the ordinary to the truly extraordinary, these people helped shape the Ireland of today. We want to share their stories and times with you through tours of the cemetery, a visit to the museum or through a genealogy search for your family history. We are a not-for-profit organisation and all proceeds are used to sustain and improve our cemeteries to ensure they are places of beauty, interest and intrigue. You can help us by Donating Online


The Irish Potato Famine

The Irish Potato Famine was the most catastrophic event in Ireland's turbulent history. It is also regarded as being one of the worst Famines in history (deaths as a proportion to population). The use of the word 'Famine' in this context is controversial, for Ireland at the time was part of the richest Empire in the World (the British Empire). There was sufficient food in the country throughout the 'Famine' years, yet over a million people died from starvation and disease, and millions more were forced to flee. Some historians prefer to use the name 'Great Hunger' to describe this period of mass death from starvation and disease. This exhibition tells the story of what happened during those horrific years. Rare 19th century photographs, witness accounts, contemporary sketches as well as maps and statistical information are used. A 15 minute film with seating is included in the exhibition and the average time spent by visitors is 1 hour. This exhibition is dedicated to all victims of the Irish Potato Famine or The Great Hunger.


Dublin Writers Museum

In 1991, the Dublin Writers Museum was opened to house a history and celebration of literary Dublin. Situated in a magnificent 18th century mansion in the north city centre, the collection features the lives and works of Dublin's literary celebrities over the past three hundred years.


GAA Museum

Museum of Gaelic sports (Gaelic football, hurling, handball and camogie) with interactive exhibits.


National Print Museum

Collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of the printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland.


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