After his visit to a mesmerizing exhibition at Crystal Palace in London, William Dargan approached the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in 1852 in hopes of creating his own incredible exhibition. Thus, he founded the National Gallery of Ireland. The Irish people took a great liking to the arts very quickly, though it was disbanded for a short period of time before its re-establishment in 1864. Roman paintings, along with loans from the London National Gallery, were hung on display when it was re-opened. Over the last 120 years, exquisite donations have been given to the gallery. Over the years, it has been extended to accommodate many exclusive designs and beautiful, historical pieces.
Admission to the permanent collection is free, though entry into certain exhibitions will require booking.
If you find yourself needing some refreshments during your visit, the Gallery Café serves breakfast and light lunch options, as well as tea, coffee & cakes throughout normal gallery hours.
Learn more about the history behind the artwork through a free tour, or take one of the guided and special themed tours throughout the year. Visit the What’s on page to see what events are planned.
The National Gallery of Ireland is well worth a visit if you want to see priceless collections and beautiful paintings.
There are many conservation projects and education programs for you to learn about, and new installations to explore. A visit to the National Gallery will appeal to all ages. For children and young teens, there are free workshops offered and a children’s audio guide. There are also adult workshops available to help improve your drawing skills.
Art is good for the soul, so stop by the National Gallery and escape from the busy city. If you are visiting Dublin and are looking for a hotel near the National Gallery, The Spencer Hotel is a 15-minute walk and an 11-minute drive away from the Gallery. We would recommend walking and taking a trip through Dublin to see the sights. Take a gander through Trinity College and see the beautiful buildings and landscapes. You can also Take a shopping trip via Grafton Street to see one of Dublin’s most well-known streets or wander through Merrion Square and Stephen’s Green to see the stunning parks.
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