Out of Storage

This double-height gallery is designed to give the visitor an impression of the range of artefacts in the reserve collections of the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.


It shows not only the variety in the Museum’s collections but also the logistical problems of storage.

Lighting changes gradually. This delivers a feeling of movement in this large space and encourages the visitor to look from object to object.

The 500 pieces displayed were chosen to reflect the collecting policies of the Museum through the years.

Location: National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, First & Second Floor, West Block, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

Origins of the National Museum of Ireland

Origins of the National Museum of Ireland

Find out how the first establishment of the Museum took place.

From 1731: The Royal Dublin Society

From 1731: The Royal Dublin Society

Read how the collections of the Royal Dublin Society became the forerunner of today's Museum and what objects the Out of Storage exhibition displays from that era.

From 1785: The Royal Irish Academy

From 1785: The Royal Irish Academy

Discover artefacts originally collected by the Royal Irish Academy, now on show in the Out of Storage exhibition.

1845-1865: The Museum of Irish Industry

1845-1865: The Museum of Irish Industry

Explore the brief history of this forerunner to the National Museum of Ireland, founded to develop Irish industry, and related objects to see at Out of Storage.

1877-1899: The Science and Art Museum, Dublin

1877-1899: The Science and Art Museum, Dublin

See artefacts which formed the earliest collections of the Museum at the Out of Storage exhibition.

1899-1914: The National Museum of Science and Art

1899-1914: The National Museum of Science and Art

Read about the objects collected and acquired during the early 20th century period, then see them at the Out of Storage exhibition.

1914-1927: The Birth of the National Museum of Ireland

1914-1927: The Birth of the National Museum of Ireland

This dramatic period of war and rebellion saw major political changes come about in Ireland - and also at the Museum. See what artefacts emerged at the Out of Storage exhibition.