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National Gallery of Ireland

Updated: 2014-07-14 / (visitdublin.com)

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The National Gallery of Ireland was established by an Act of Parliament in 1854 and first opened its doors to the public in January 1864. Today the collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Every major European School of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings. The gallery's highlights include works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet. Enjoy visiting the National Gallery of Ireland and its award winning Millennium Wing.”

The success of the Gallery is, in part, due to the succession of gifted directors who established the international reputation of the Gallery by purchasing important works of famous artists both European and Irish. George Bernard Shaw spent many a youthful day appreciating the treasures and his bequests to the Gallery, principally the royalties from “Pygmalion” and the its successor, the film “My Fair Lady”, have helped to further enrich the collection and make the National Gallery one of the finest for its size in the world.


Free audio tour guides to permanent collection, including children's audio tour, Free public tours at weekends (check Gallery website for details), family activities, family drawing packs, shop, restaurant, telephones, cloakrooms, wheelchair access to all levels.

How to Get There:

Buses: 5, 7, 7A (Burgh Quay), 4A, 13A, 10, 63 (O'Connell Street), 45 (Eden Quay)

DART to Pearse Station (Westland Row)which is 5 minutes from the Gallery.

LUAS Green Line to St. Stephens Green.

Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Contact: +353 1 661 5133   info@ngi.ie

Prices: Admission free to permanent collection.

Group numbers will be limited due to ongoing refurbishment works.

Contact Visitor Services: visitorservices@ngi.ie

Web: www.nationalgallery.ie


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