Decorative Arts and History

The Phase II development of Collins Barracks is a priority. It will link the west and east sides of the site to provide an integrated Museum infrastructure for the benefit of both the visiting public, and the management and security of the National Collections.

The Office of Public Works developed a scheme, based on the Museum’s brief of requirements, and the project was allocated the necessary funding under the National Development Plan. That funding has been suspended but it will be a priority project once funding becomes available.

The new building will have purpose built galleries as well as enhanced visitor facilities, i.e. reception areas, cloakrooms, café and retail areas. Once opened the new facility will be the prime reception and exhibition zone for visitors to the Collins Barracks site. The exhibitions will concentrate on two main themes: the History of Ireland and Ireland and the World. These exhibition topics will introduce the visitor to the broad theme of Irish and world history and culture. The History of Ireland gallery will trace the major economic, social and artistic developments in Ireland from the mid-seventeenth to the twentieth Century and will serve as an introduction to the specialist exhibition galleries elsewhere on the site. The World Culture gallery will display the Museum’s world-class collection of ethnographical objects from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific.

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