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Important COVID-19 Information for Visitors

The National Museum of Ireland is open to the public at three Museum sites in Dublin and Mayo, in line with the Government's plan COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 and the Work Safely Protocol. 

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, will remain closed to the public until further notice to facilitate ongoing works.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance and, as such, we have introduced a range of measures to facilitate a safe and enjoyable visit to our Museums.

Important advice: Please check our website in advance of your visit to confirm the Museum is open. This status may change at short notice in line with the Government's COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021.

As outlined in Government recommendations, the NMI is encouraging visitors to download the COVID-19 Tracker app. Contact tracing is in place at our Museums via our online ticketing system.


Before your visit…

NMI - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

NMI - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

NMI - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
  • Closed until further notice due to ongoing works.


Not able to visit us yet? We have lots of resources available online so you can enjoy a virtual visit to our Museums.

COVID-19: Health and safety measures

  • Visitor safety guidelines are in place at all of our public sites

  • Our front of house staff have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19

  • Physical distancing provisions are in place at all of our public sites

  • Visitors over the age of 13 are asked to wear a face mask/covering in our Museums

  • Our Museum sites have achieved the Fáilte Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter mark

  • Booking is required to facilitate physical distancing and contact tracing

  • Hand sanitising stations are available for visitors and staff

  • We have introduced a one-way system throughout our galleries

  • We have further increased our rigorous cleaning regimes

  • We will be managing visitor numbers in line with public health and safety guidelines

  • Some galleries/areas may be temporarily closed where physical distancing cannot be implemented

  • We will ask visitors to adhere to maximum capacity guidelines at some galleries/areas to facilitate physical distancing

  • Cloakroom services will be unavailable so please do not bring motorcycle helmets, suitcases or large bags into the exhibition galleries.


Frequently Asked Questions for Visitors

  1. Which Museum sites are open?
  2. What are your opening hours?
  3. Are all galleries accessible in each Museum?
  4. Do I need to book online in advance?
  5. What is the best way to travel to the Museum sites?
  6. Do I need to wear a face mask?
  7. Can I visit the National Museum of Ireland if I have travelled from outside of Ireland/returned to Ireland from another country in the last 14 days?
  8. What should I do if I become unwell during my visit?
  9. Can I visit in a group?
  10. I’m interested in educational workshops and events. Will these be available?
  11. Are your café facilities open to the public?
  12. Are your Museum shops open to the public?
  13. I would like to find out more about the health and safety precautions the Museum has taken?
  14. I would like to ask a question or give feedback on my visit. Who should I contact?
  15. I would like to receive updated information on the Museum and its programmes?

1. Which Museum sites are open?

  • National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7 (booking required)
  • National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo (booking required)
  • National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 (booking required)

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2, is closed to the public until further notice due to ongoing works.

Important advice: Please check our website in advance of your visit to confirm the Museum is open. This status may change at short notice in line with Government guidelines outlined in COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021.


2. What are your opening hours?

Our opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday to Monday from 1pm to 5pm.
Plan your visit and find out more:


3. Are all galleries accessible in each Museum?

Due to safety requirements and scheduled building works, the following galleries will not be available for visits until further notice:

  • Airgead at NMI - Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

  • Straw, Hay & Rushes at NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

  • Medieval Ireland and Ancient Egypt at the NMI - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2


4. Do I need to book online in advance?

You will need to book a free ticket online in advance for NMI - Archaeology, NMI - Country Life and NMI - Decorative Arts & History. This measure has been taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to this Museum. Visitors will be able to book tickets up to and including 15 minutes before a timed visit if capacity is available.
We would recommend visitors plan their visit to all of our sites around non-peak times where possible.    


5. What is the best way to travel to the Museum sites?

You can find further information on getting to the Museum and parking facilities (where available) in our visitor information sections:

Please keep in mind that capacity on public transport will be reduced. There are bike racks available at our Museum sites to securely lock your bike.


6. Do I need to wear a face mask?

Visitors will need to wear a face covering to enter our museums. Children under the age of 13 do not need to wear face masks in these areas.


7. Can I visit the National Museum of Ireland if I have travelled from outside of Ireland/returned to Ireland from another country in the last 14 days?

The National Musuem of Ireland is guided by the Government's latest COVID-19 public health advice and travel guidelines on this matter. Please refer to the Government advice here. 

 


8. What should I do if I feel unwell during my visit?

Please ensure you are symptom free before visiting the National Museum of Ireland. If you feel unwell during your visit, please inform a member of staff and we will accompany you to our COVID-19 isolation room. Be assured your health and safety is our primary concern.


9. Can I visit in a group?

The maximum group size we can facilitate is a family or social unit of six people. Due to current public health guidelines, we can facilitate a limited number of group visits at present. We have had to prioritise groups that we are currently collaborating with on community projects, groups with special access needs, and Department of Education mainstream schools and programmes for those with specific educational requirements. If your groups fulfils one of these requirements, please contact bookings@museum.ie for more information.


10. I’m interested in educational workshops and events. Will these be available?

Due to physical distancing guidelines, we are currently unable to provide on-site educational tours, workshops or indoor events. However, we are creating more online learning resources for you to enjoy, including curriculum-based resources for schools. You can also print an online trail at home ahead of your visit. Browse our online resources and virtual visits. Check our website and social media regularly for further updates.


11. Are your café facilities open to the public?

The Museum Café at the NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, is closed from 6 September until 16 September to facilitate works. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
Café facilities are not available at the NMI - Decorative Arts & History or the NMI - Archaeology.


12. Are your Museum Shops open to the public?

Museum Shops are open at the NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo; NMI - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2; and the NMI - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. We also have a Museum Shop online where you can shop a unique range of books, crafts and jewellery.


13. I would like to find out more about the health and safety precautions the Museum has taken?

You can find out more about our visitor safety measures here.

14. I would like to ask a question or give feedback on my visit. Who should I contact?

We welcome visitor feedback. Please email your comments and suggestions to marketing@museum.ie.


15. I would like to receive updated information on the Museum and its programmes?

You can sign up to our newsletter to receive news and notifications about the NMI.
 


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