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History of the Museum

Discover the history and architecture of the Museum's four sites.

Early History of the Museum

Read how the National Museum of Ireland came into being as an organisation.

History & Architecture of Kildare Street

The National Museum of Ireland building in Kildare Street boasts spectacular architecture and an eventful history.

History & Architecture of Collins Barracks

Explore the history of Collins Barracks: the spectacular Dublin home of National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

History & Architecture of Turlough Park

Read about the history and architecture of the Museum of Country Life in Co. Mayo.

History & Architecture of Natural History

Enjoy the unique history of the buildings that house National Museum of Ireland - Natural History.

Further Reading on Museum History and Architecture

Find detailed information about the early history of the Museum's collections and buildings.