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Address: 2 Kildare Street, Meeting House Sq. | Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
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+353 1 603 0200
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 14:00

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Go see Beyond Leaving

We chanced upon this building with a show on by David Monahan - only one room with photos on 3 walls - all to do with the theme of irish emigrants. We got to meet the photographer... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 December 2016
Alison B
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We chanced upon this building with a show on by David Monahan - only one room with photos on 3 walls - all to do with the theme of irish emigrants. We got to meet the photographer by chance so had a really good insight from him. Not sure when show ends. Right in Temple Bar so pop in if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Always a place that I visit when in Dublin for its historic exhibitions. At the moment there is an exhibition of photos taken during and just after the Easter 1916 uprising which I found quite moving. Their collection is vast although not much of it is exhibited on the walls apart from their appropriate themed exhibits. I would highly recommend... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Easter Rising Exhibition presents old photoes about events happened 100 years ago. Interesting for Irish history lovers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We were on the "Historical Walking Tour of Dublin". In the Temple Bar area, our guide mentioned The National Photographic Archive Building. At this time their exhibit has AMAZING photographs of The 1916 Rising. Each photograph has a written synopsis that is very helpful. There are also some original letters written by the Irish who were in the Rising. When... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

The current theme is a commemoration of the Easter Rising 1916. The photos really bring to life what was happening in Dublin at the time. Of particular interest are letters written at the time. Admission is free and the visit can be as long as you wish.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

It is like a little photo museum. Free admission. At the moment you can see several photos of World War I. Very interesting and not too big.

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Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Right in the centre of Temple Bar, this branch of the National Library holds top-class photo exhibitions, both from their own collections & from other sources. Well worth a visit & it's FREE!

Thank Donal M
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

This place is perfect to spend an hour looking at the great photograph on show. The recent Irish in WW1 exhibit shows many personal stories of people caught in a horrific war. The archive is situated in temple bar but is a quiet oasis compared to the madness outside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

We went to this place in Meeting House Square in the very interesting Temple Bar area. In the square itself there were some misbehaving people, but they did not bother us. Inside the museum the main show was a display of photographs of railway stations in the past, and in the present. The photographers had found the old pictures, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

I am a snob, in that I prefer painting to photography, as an art medium. Still, I was nosey to see the show inside. The main display were pairs of pictures of train stations as they look now, versus pictures from years ago, or decades ago. This was impressive, given the difficulty of the photographer traveling to all these far-flung... More 

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