Things to See & Do

Find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.


Proclaiming A Republic: The 1916 Rising,  an exciting new exhibition opening 3rd March 2016 will explore the ideas, movements and personalities of early 20th century Ireland, the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916, the impact it had on the city and its citizens, and the Irish nation as a whole.

Broken down into three themes, the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition looks at Irish soldiers at home, Irish soldiers abroad, and Irish soldiers in the 21st Century.

This exhibition traces Ireland’s military history from 1550 into the 21st Century and on display are over 1,000 objects from all over the world. It is on permanent display over eight galleries, covering 1,700sqm in Collins Barracks.

The Irish Silver Collection is one of the largest in the world and this exhibition traces the development of the silversmith’s craft from the early 17th Century to the present day. 

The Way We Wore exhibition displays stylish clothing and jewellery worn in Ireland principally from the 1760’s to the 1960’s. This is an eye-opening look at Irish fashion through the ages, showing how new clothing technology and European influences affected what people wore.

360° Exhibition Images - Decorative Arts & History

360° Exhibition Images - Decorative Arts & History

To give you an insider's view of the National Museum Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.

Visitor Vox Pops

Visitor Vox Pops

Watch what visitors are saying about their visit to Decorative Arts & History

Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray

Meet Ireland's pioneer of 20th Century design and architecture. Explore modernism through her interiors and furniture. Includes Chrome Table & Non-conformist Chair.

Draw in the Museum

Draw in the Museum

We have a huge range of artefacts that provide a rich source for sketching, researching, and examining.