Dublin is a historical and contemporary city known for its love of museums and art galleries. A visit to Dublin City certainly reflects this with the huge selection of museums and art galleries to choose from. With a combination of old and new, you are sure to be pleased with what Dublin Museums and Art Galleries has to offer. For further details please read on…
The Chester Beatty Library
The Chester Beatty Library is an amazing art museum and library which houses a wonderful collection of manuscripts, prints, drawings, miniature paintings, extraordinary and unusual books, and many ornamental arts which were collected and assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). This collection hails from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The Chester Beatty Library was awarded Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title ‘European Museum of the Year’ in 2002. For further details check out The Chester Beatty Library website.
The Hugh Lane Gallery
The Hugh Lane Gallery is an art gallery home to the largest public collection of 20th Century Irish Art. Dublin City Council funds the Hugh Lane Gallery. Located in Claremont House in Dublin city, this is a very popular art gallery and is very unique as it is the first Metropolitan Gallery of Modern Art in the world! Previously called the ‘Municipal Gallery of Modern Art’, it was renamed the “Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane”, but is still today known as “The Hugh Lane”. For further details check out The Hugh Lane Gallery website.
Dublin Writers Museum
The Dublin Writers Museum was opened in 1991 and is housed in an original 18th century house located at 18, Parnell Square in Dublin City Centre. The museum includes a library, gallery and administration area. Onsite there is a coffee shop, bookshop, exhibition and lecture rooms. Writer’s works that feature in this museum include those that made an important contribution to Irish and International literature, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw to name a few! For further details please check out the official Dublin Writers Museum website.
Dublin Children’s Museum – Imaginosity
Imaginosity is a Children’s Museum located in The Beacon Court Shopping Complex in Sandyford, Dublin 18. Imaginosity is Ireland’s first interactive museum that welcomes children up to the age of 10 years. There are many colourful and expertly designed exhibits that will enhance children’s imagination and development. Celebrating its 2nd birthday this October Imaginosity are providing a variety of activities to mark this occasion including a Halloween programme of events which will run from 26th October to 31st October 2009. For further details please check out Imaginosity website.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is located in the 17th Century Royal Hospital on Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, just west of Dublin City Centre. Exhibiting the very best in modern and contemporary art, a visit to this museum is a must.
The contemporary art collection is purchased from studios and galleries. Donations are also received with many generous gifts received in the past. The location offers wonderful surroundings with a formal garden, courtyard, meadow and medieval burial grounds. For further information please visit The Irish Museum of Modern Art website.
The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
It has been said that when you visit The National Museum of Ireland you will be transported back in time to our ancient ancestors in Ireland 7,000BC. With magnificent artefacts that include Celtic and Medieval art like: The famous Ardagh Chalice, The Tara Brooch and The Derrynaflan Hoard, you are sure to be amazed with the wonderful exhibits on offer. Here you will also witness recently found bog bodies that date back to the Iron Age. For further details please check out The National Museum of Ireland website.
National Wax Museum
The National Wax Museum guarantees a fun and interactive day out for all the family. Heroes, celebrities and many more from past to present will come to life right before your eyes! Visitors can take a journey through Irish history when they visit ‘The Vault of Irish History’. ‘The Writers Room’ pays tribute to Irelands many famous writers, ‘The Grand Hall’ features Ireland’s music legends that include U2 and Phil Lynott to name a few. ‘The Irish Hall of Fame’ featuring many Irish entertainment and sporting legends. Should you dare to visit ‘The Chamber of Horrors’ you will experience the weird and wonderful world of horror. For further details check out The National Wax Museum website.
So there you have it, just a selection of Dublin Museums and Art Galleries worth a visit.
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