Visitor Accessibility

Museum Entrance

Decorative Arts & History Building

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks has 3 entrance gates: 

The main gate from Benburb Street for both car and pedestrian access. Please note there is a steep incline from this gate to the entrance of Clarke Square.

A second entrance gate for cars and pedestrians is located at the rear of the site from the Arbour Hill area. There is a steep decline from the gate to the car park.

There is a pedestrian gate from the Museum Luas stop on Benburb Street, but this is not wheelchair accessible. (Please use the main gate nearby on Benburb Street instead.)

Once you have entered the Museum grounds, the main entrance to the Museum building is located off Clarke Square (pictured above). This entrance is on ground level with 2 sets of glass double doors leading into the main reception area.


  • Please note that, commencing 10th July 2013, the car park in Collins Barracks becomes paid parking, as one of the measures to diversify funding, while keeping free entrance to the galleries. There is an exemption for permit parking.
    PAY & DISPLAY: 0 to 3 Hours €2; All Day €4;
    Monday - Saturday 7:30 - 18:00 (Gates Closed 18:30)
    Sunday 13:00 - 17:30 (Gates Closed 18:00)
  • There are 7 designated disabled parking spaces.

Facilities for People with Mobility Impairment

  • Lifts and Access to Galleries: All galleries in the Museum of Decorative Arts & History are fully accessible. The site has 4 lifts, located in the main reception area, in the east corner servicing floors one to three of the decorative arts section of the museum. There are two lifts in the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition.
  • Accessible Toilet Facilities: Accessible toilets are located in the main reception, the ground floor of the Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition, in the Riding School (temporary gallery) and in Brambles Café.
  • Mobile Stools: Mobile stools are available upon request from the Reception Desk.
  • Wheel chairs: Wheel chairs are available from the Reception Desk on request. Please call ahead to reserve one on +353 1 6777444.
  • Seating: There are seating areas available in the majority of galleries.

Facilities for People with Visual Impairment

  • Guide and Assistance Dogs: Guide and Assistance Dogs are welcome.
  • Lighting: Please note that lighting in some exhibitions is low to address conservation concerns around certain artefacts.
  • Touchable Exhibits: There are touchable exhibits within the Museum. Please ask a staff member or attendant to help you locate these in the Museum.

Facilities for People with Hearing Impairment

  • Induction loops: We regret that currently induction loops are not installed in the Museum.
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