Art & Industry Collections

The Decorative Arts collections reflect largely the trades, crafts and industries operating in Ireland over the past three centuries; and include material from other countries, which was acquired to introduce new ideas to an Irish audience. The fine and decorative objects in the collections largely reflect the lives of the more affluent members of Irish society particularly in the areas of glass, ceramics and silverware.

The objects in the Historical collections are defined by their relevance to documenting the events and people from Ireland's complex and colourful history. Arms and militaria from several centuries of conflict will be augmented in exhibition terms through collaborative galleries in Collins Barracks to be developed with the Defence Forces.

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