Metalwork

Find out about the Museum's collections of metalwork


Irish silver is the most significant element of this collection and ranges in date from 1500 to the present. The entire silver collection is accessible, either in the exhibition entitled Irish Silver or in What's In Store?.

The collection is strongest for the period 1750 – 1800 but there is also a small but growing body of contemporary Irish silver. There are also collections of pewter, enamel, brass and ironwork.

Irish Silver Exhibition

Irish Silver Exhibition

See one of the largest collection of Irish silver in the world. Trace the silversmith's craft from early 17th Century Baroque to Celtic Revival & contemporary eras.

What's In Store?

What's In Store?

Explore Museum collections normally kept in storage. Includes Asian lacquer, jade & enamel, Irish scientific instruments & ceramics, as well as Roman, Persian and Art Nouveau glass.