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National Gallery of Ireland

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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
As featured in 3 Days in Dublin and 2 other guides
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Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
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The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European...

The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Admission is free to the permanent and temporary collections. The gallery is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment plan and remains partly open to the public during the works. Please note that entrance to the gallery is via the Clare Street entrance.Masterpieces from the Collection is a special presentation of some of the finest works in the Gallery's collection, now open in the Beit Wing and Millennium Wing (rooms 1 - 10). It includes both Irish and European masterpieces.

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Great exhibition

We went here on Sunday afternoon mainly to visit the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. Firstly we looked at the portrait gallery and then the main European gallery. I thought there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went here on Sunday afternoon mainly to visit the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. Firstly we looked at the portrait gallery and then the main European gallery. I thought there was a great mix of artists and really enjoyed reading all the information about the pieces. We then went to the main Caravaggio exhibition which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The lady... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The art work shared in this small gallery was a good combination of well know artists and lesser know, primarily, Irish painters. My son and I passed a pleasant hour in the museum.

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The exposition was very limited due to the works the building is undergoing, we then went to the Caravaggio and beyond exhibition but were quite disappointed to see that there were only 4 paintings from Caravaggio considering the tickets were £15 each! This should be made clearer at purchase!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Vast space but very little to see, the highlights were the monet and Picasso. Very badly set out half was closed off and just felt very spread out over a lot of wasted space. A complete floor was closed for some reason????

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Best collection of art loved the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. Best thing we did on our visit to Dublin

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I would have given this five stars had all the galleries been open - unfortunately (as often happens to me), a couple were closed pending an upcoming exhibition, so I didn't get to see the Irish collection itself. However, the European wing has enough to keep your attention - Monet, Sisley, Van Gogh inter Alia. Plus I was fortunate enough... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not huge number of paintings or spaces, although what is here is well worth seeing. I would highly recommend you don't get put off by comments and try it yourself. It is free so if you really don't like it then leave after 10 minutes. I had 90 minutes of pleasure here.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit to the gallery was a bit disappointing as large sections of the ed gallery are closed to the public, what's on display is enjoyable but not extensive 🤓

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is interesting architecturally but there didn't seem all that much gallery space. However, we very much liked what we did see and the cafe and book shop were excellent. A special mention for the legends beside the art works, the best I have seen for a long time: well written, gave basic details with a bit of background... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No point in reviewing this place. We went on a wet day to enjoy Irish art and every single gallery was closed apart from an After Caravaggio exhibition that had sold out!

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