What's In Store?

This storage facility makes publicly accessible some of the most important collections from the Art & Industry division of the National Museum of Ireland. It is the first time in the history of the institution that the idea of visible storage has been addressed. The entire reserve collections of glass, Asian applied arts, silver and metalwork are shown, including material from Ireland, Britain, Europe, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Burma, China, Japan and Tibet.

The Asian collections have not been on view since the opening of Collins Barracks in 1997. They include such material as lacquer, jade, ivory, enamel, statuary, painting and metalwork and can be seen in the second and third sections of the store.

In addition a selection of the Museum’s Ceramics Collection is shown within the second section of the store. Important Irish material such as 18th-Century delftware, Belleek, Frederick Vodrey, Queen’s Institute, Carrigaline and contemporary ceramic art has been included, in association with Italian and Spanish maiolica, Japanese porcelain, Chinese blanc-de-chine, Wedgwood, German stoneware, French faience, Islamic pottery and Dutch delftware.

The Glass Collection includes Roman, Persian, Indian, Venetian and Art Nouveau objects beside the internationally acclaimed collection of 18th and 19th-Century Irish glass from Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Waterford.

The facility also includes some important scientific instruments, ranging in date from the 17th to the 20th Century, together with the Museum’s collection of watches, the bulk of which dates to the period 1750 - 1850. Combined with the collections of Sheffield plate, electrotypes, pewter, brass, bronze, silver and jewellery, these can be seen in the fourth section of the store.  Read more about what's in each row...

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