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National Museums of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
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Discover weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics, glassware, Asian art, as well as folk-life and costume artefacts.

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History is located in one of the world’s largest military barracks – Collins Barracks, named after Michael Collins, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army. Collins Barracks used to be an army base for almost 200 years. The Museum was opened in 1997 and it is now home to a wide collection of arts, silver, furniture, ceramics, glassware and military objects.

Highlights include:
  • Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising Exhibition - Closing 19 April 2020
  • Eileen Gray Meet Ireland's pioneer of 20th Century design and architecture
  • Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition
  • Alison Lowry (A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths on display until 5/2020
  • The Way We Wore
  • Asgard – The 1914  Howth Gun Running Vessel Conserved


Visitor Information

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00


Contact Details

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History 
Benburb St, Dublin 7  
T: + 353 (0)1 6777 444
W: www.museum.ie/Decorative-Arts-History

Closed: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Last admission: One hour before closing.

Approx. visit duration: 60 to 120 120 minutes – 150 minutes approximately.

Admission Prices

Admission is FREE.


Other Useful Information

Paper guides available in English, Irish. You can download copies of the guides and floor plans in all languages here.

Brambles café in the Museum serves locally sourced and produced Irish food. The café serves coffees, teas, pastries and a wide variety of sandwiches and delicious meals. 
Café's opening hours: Monday: 10:00 - 16:00, Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 12:00 -  17:00.

The museum shop stock a comprehensive selection of books, gifts, children’s interest, postcards, specially commissioned jewellery, ceramics, and textiles.

No WIFI available at National Musem of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

Car parking is available in Collins Barracks, it is paid parking.
Car Park Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 07:30 - 18:00 (gates close 18:30), Sunday 13:00 - 17:30 (gates close 18:00). Coach parking is available on Benburb St.

All galleries in the Museum of Decorative Arts & History are fully accessible. The site has 4 lifts, located in the main reception area, in the east corner servicing floors one to three of the decorative arts section of the museum. There are two lifts in the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition. Accessible toilets are located in the main reception, the ground floor of the Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition, in the Riding School (temporary gallery) and in Brambles Café. Mobile stools are available upon request from the Reception Desk. Wheelchairs are available from the Reception Desk on request. Please call ahead to reserve one on +353 1 6777444. There are seating areas available in the majority of galleries.

While most visitors self-guide through our exhibits, some may wish to experience a guided tour. These must be booked in advance. All bookings must be made with the bookings office 2 weeks in advance of the visit. Booking inquiries made on the day of the visit cannot be guaranteed placement. The booking office can be contacted on +353 (0)1 648 6453 or email bookings@museum.ie.


  • Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition – Irish Exhibition of the year 2009. Awarded by the Irish Heritage Council and Northern Ireland Museum Council.

Map Location

Collins Barracks are just in 10 minutes walking distance from Heuston Station and 30 minutes walking from the City Centre. The Museum can be reached by the Red Line Luas, ‘Museum’ stop, and by bus.

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