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Seven day opening at the National Museum of Ireland

The NMI will now open on Mondays from 1pm – 5pm. We will also open an hour earlier on Sundays from 1pm – 5pm. From Tuesday to Saturday our opening times will remain 10am – 5pm.


We are pleased to announce that from Monday 22nd of October 2018, the National Museum of Ireland is open to the public seven days a week. Full details of our new opening hours can be found below.

What are the new opening times of the National Museum of Ireland (NMI)? 
The NMI will now open on Mondays from 1pm – 5pm. We will also open an hour earlier on Sundays from 1pm – 5pm. From Tuesday to Saturday our opening times will remain 10am – 5pm. Our first Monday opening will be at 1pm on the 22nd October and on Sunday 28th October we will open at 1pm. 
 
Why is the NMI opening on Mondays? 
The NMI want to increase the accessibility of its collections to our visitors, these extended opening times on Sundays and Mondays will make our collection accessible seven days a week. 
 
Why is the NMI only opening at 1pm and not at 10am on Mondays? 
With four museum sites and a significant collection to care for – the NMI needs to ensure its staff have time to carry out critical conservation, facilities and core operational work across all our divisions and on all our sites. Given our available resources, we have taken the measure to open at 1pm on Mondays to ensure there is still time each week to carry out this critical work. 
 
Will I be able to avail of guided tours, schools programmes and events at the NMI on Mondays? 
Our Education team at NMI delivers comprehensive programme of events across the week while we will not be facilitating guided tours on Mondays, visitors are very welcome to avail of our comprehensive self-guided tours and booklets, designed with a range of visitors in mind. These are available at all our NMI reception areas.
 
Will the NMI café and shops be open on Mondays? 
From 1pm to 5pm, NMI will have a full retail offer on our sites in our Natural History Museum on Merrion Square, Museum of Archaeology on Kildare St and Museum of Countrylife in Turlough Park. Our shop on Collins Barracks site will not open on Mondays until Spring of 2019. Our cafes on all sites will be fully operational to the new opening times. 
 
What is the best way to stay informed on events and opening times at NMI? 
Contact our bookings team to sign up for direct emails or you can follow us on Twitter @NMIreland and/or like our Facebook page