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Important COVID-19 Information for Visitors

The National Museum of Ireland is delighted to announce the reopening of three of our Museums to the public from Tuesday, 1 December, in line with the Government's National Framework for Living with COVID-19 and the Work Safely Protocol.

Opening Tuesday, 1 December:

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 National Framework for Living with COVID-19.

As outlined in Government recommendations, the NMI is encouraging visitors to download the COVID-19 Tracker app. We will be recording visitor contact details on sites where a booking system is not in place. This information will be used for contact tracing purposes only.


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 which you can enjoy at home. Visit the Museum at Home section of our website to access these resources.

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 are asked to wear a face mask/covering in our Museums.

  • Booking is required at some Museum sites to facilitate physical distancing.

  • 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. Can I visit in a group?
  9. I’m interested in educational workshops and events. Will these be available?
  10. I would like to find out more about the health and safety precautions the Museum has taken?
  11. I would like to ask a question or give feedback on my visit. Who should I contact?
  12. 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
  • National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • 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.

We have four Museum sites based in Dublin and Mayo. When instructed by Government and in keeping with the National Framework for Living with COVID-19, the Museum sites will be open with health and safety measures in place. When the Government escalates a region or county to Level 4 or higher on the Framework, the Museum sites within that region will be closed to the public until further notice.


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?

The National Museum of Ireland is operating a queue system for entry to NMI - Decorative Arts & History and NMI - Country Life, so there is no need to book online in advance.
You will need to book a free ticket online in advance for NMI - Archaeology. This measure has been taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to these two Museums. 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, including our retail spaces, cafés and at ticket check areas. This is in line with current Government guidelines. Children under the age of 13 do not need to wear face masks in these areas. We recommend checking the latest Government guidelines in relation to the wearing of face coverings before your visit.


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 Museum of Ireland is following Government guidelines with respect to the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days if you have travelled to or returned to Ireland from a non Green List country over the last 14 days. You can find updated information on the self-isolation requirements here and further information from the HSE here. We recommend checking these sites before you plan to visit the NMI to get up-to-date information.


8. Can I visit in a group?

The maximum group size we can facilitate is a family or social unit of six people. We will not be facilitating group bookings, including school groups, until a later date due to physical distancing guidelines. We suggest you keep an eye on our website for further updates, or please email bookings@museum.ie for further information, and we can advise you of any updates to the situation.


9. 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. These resources, including our Museum at Home activities, can be found in the Engage and Learn sections of our website and on social media. You can also print an online trail at home ahead of your visit. In the meantime, we are looking at new ways to provide online and onsite learning programmes and events, safely and in line with government guidelines. Check our website and social media regularly for further updates. 


10. 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.


11. 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.


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

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