National Museum of Ireland

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Collins Barracks, Dublin, Ireland - +353 1 6777444

National Museum of Ireland Dublin Reviews

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Decorative Arts and History Museum Jan 27, 2017
The Decorative Arts and History Museum is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland. It is situated on the site of the historical Collins Barracks. The barracks are named after Michael Collins, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army. The place is worth visiting just to see the former barracks buildings and imposing central square. Inside the exhibits include traditional Irish and British armour, coinage and treasure troves and 18th century-present Irish costume and furniture. I particularly enjoyed browsing the military exhibits and learning more about Ireland's fight for independence.

The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 Sunday: 14:00 - 17:00. Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Admission is free.

Address: Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Directions: Near to Heuston Station, Buses: 90 Aston Quay, 25,25a,66,67 from Middle Abbey Street. Dart: Tara Street with connecting bus. On Luas Red Line.

Phone: 353 1 677 7444

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Vipin Vipin
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Good collection in an impressive building Oct 03, 2010
Although this counts as one museum, it is located across four different sites. My review is limited to the site which is devoted to Decorative Arts and History. The website has full details about each of the four sites.

Apart from the contents, this particular building is very impressive. It used to be an army barracks, so the building does feel rather grand to go in. naturally, the contents are in line with the building’s history. They do have a collection of arms and other battle artefacts which concern the country’s history. Also, they have many Christian artefacts and clothes from earlier centuries on show. The collection extends beyond Ireland and artefacts from Asia can also be seen.

Admission is free and no photographs are allowed within the building itself. The photograph taken of the celtic crosses and attached to this review is from a postcard.

Well worth considering if you have an hour or two to spare in Dublin.

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