National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

Places to Visit | Dublin, Ireland



The National Museum of Ireland is Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world.  There are four premiere museums and galleries in Ireland, three in Dublin and one in County Mayo.

Originally an army barracks, The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History is home to a wide range of objects, which include weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; as well as examples of Folklife and costume.  In this Dublin visitor attraction you will find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.

Exhibitions of note in the past were the magnificent Irish High Crosses. This temporary exhibition was up when we visited but has now since finished.  It contained six 100 year old plaster-of-Paris casts with the West Cross from Monasterboice as a centrepiece standing at 6.5 metres high. It was truly a sight to behold.

Address: National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb St., Dublin, Ireland


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Video: National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History
Video: National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History
Video: National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History
Video: National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

3 Responses to National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

  1. I have a print called View From Hyde Park
    Date of print c 1840
    artist Bartlett
    Restored at Dublin studios for Historic European Artists, Dublin, Ireland
    do have any information on this?
    or value?

    carol bohrer July 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply
  2. I’m curious as to whether you, Carol, received any reply. Or if the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, ever provided information about it. Reason: I have a similar print that I’m trying to learn more about. Mine is said to be dated 1842, and titled, “Harlots Progress.” Artist’s name is William Hogarty. Engraver is J. Stubbs. The paper on the back of the frame, which is accompanied by a burgundy, raised-waxed seal, notes: Historic European Artists & Co. Ltd., and handwritten “Restored & hand-tinted at our Dublin Studios.”

    Kathy S. October 29, 2016 at 2:39 am Reply
  3. Correction from Kathy S.
    The Artist’s name is William Hogarth (not Hogarty).

    Kathy S. October 29, 2016 at 2:50 am Reply

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