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Over 1 Million Visitors to The National Museum of Ireland

21 November 2011

Dr. Patrick Wallace, Director, National Museum of Ireland, has welcomed the achievement of over 1 million visitors so far this year.   This represents an increase of 10% on the total visitor numbers to the Museum in 2010.   This is in keeping with the increase in travel figures which show an increase of 10% of visitors to Ireland in the first nine months of 2011. 

Commenting on the increase, Dr. Wallace said “We are delighted to achieve over 1 million visitors before the year end.    There are two key reasons for the increase to our 4 sites (3 in Dublin and 1 in Castelbar, Co. Mayo). The first reason is due to the marvellous exhibitions which we have on show. 

In June this year, we re-launched Celtic and Early Christian Ireland in Kildare Street.  This is a new exhibition which introduces the recently-conserved Faddan More Psalter in the context of the National Museum’s re-display of its world famous –collection of masterpieces from Celtic and Early Christian Ireland.   Our Decorative Arts & History site in Collins Barracks is home to a myriad of galleries to cater for all ages and tastes.  Recently, we re-opened an exhibition titled .  This exhibition exhibition displays some of the National Museum of Ireland's furniture collection – spanning across 4 centuries -  in a series of room settings.  Our Natural History site in Merrion Street has exceeded over ¼ million visitors.   This museum is a “place out of time”.   It has its own special charm and attracts many family, school and group visitors alike – many of whom come back for a second and third visit.   Finally, our Country Life site in Castlebar, Co. Mayo reached its 10th anniversary of its opening this year – which was celebrated by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D.   This award-winning Museum is home to the National Folklife Collection which represents traditional life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo the Museum treats visitors to a taste of how our ancestors lived their daily lives, in both difficult and joyful times.

The second reason for the increase of visitors to the museum sites is the fact that admission is free and given the difficult economic times we are experiencing, families, groups and individuals are all delighted to be availing of an enriching experience when they visit the National Museum – and it is all free.” 


Maureen Gaule, Marketing Executive, Marketing Department, Dublin

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Bernie Byron, Marketing Executive, Marketing Department, Turlough Park, Castlebar

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Ann Daly, Head of Marketing, Marketing Department

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Notes to the Editor:

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland and its Exhibitions is Free

  • Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Museum Shop & Café open

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