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Rediscover your Museum...Phased reopening of the National Museum of Ireland from 29 June

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the National Museum of Ireland.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance to us and as such, we are re-opening the National Museum of Ireland on a phased basis.
The NMI - Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, and the NMI - Country Life at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, will open to visitors from 29 June.

On Monday, 20 July, we will re-open NMI - Archaeology at Kildare Street, Dublin 2, and NMI - Natural History at Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

This phased reopening will ensure we can accommodate a safe and enjoyable return of visitors to our Museum sites.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday to Monday, 1pm to 5pm


Admission to all National Museum of Ireland sites is free.

Café and Shop

The Museum café (takeaway only) and shop will be open during Museum opening hours.

Some steps we are taking to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible:

  • 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.

  • Hand sanitising stations are available for visitors and staff.

  • 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.

Before your visit…

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

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.

FAQs for visitors

1. How can I find out the opening times and which Museum site is open?

We are reopening our Museums as follows:

  • Monday, June 29: National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

  • Monday, June 29: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

  • Monday, July 20: National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 

  • Monday, July 20: National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2 (booking required)

You can also get further information on opening times, Museum facilities, how to get to our sites, and more, in the visitor information sections for NMI - Country Life and NMI - Decorative Arts & History.

 2. Do I need to book online in advance?

The National Museum of Ireland is implementing a queue system for entry to NMI - Decorative Arts & History and NMI - Country Life, so there is no need to book online in advance. We would recommend that visitors plan their visit around non-peak times such as weekday mornings.    

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

Car park facilities will be open at both the NMI - Decorative Arts & History and NMI - Country Life sites. You can find further information on getting to the Musuem in the visitor information sections for NMI - Country Life and NMI - Decorative Arts & History. Please keep in mind that capacity on public transport will be reduced. There are bike racks available to securely lock your bike at both sites.

4. Do I need to wear a face mask?

The National Museum of Ireland recommends following Government Guidelines in relation to the wearing of face masks. You can find out more here.

5. 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 until a later date. We are making an exception for groups of children attending 2020 Summer Provision programmes to visit the Museum. If you are a teacher or facilitator in the Summer Provision programmes and wish to visit us, please email for further information.
You can check our website regularly for any further updates on general group bookings.

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

Many of our planned events had to be postponed or revised to meet physical distancing guidelines. However, we are creating more online learning resources for you to enjoy. 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.  

7. 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.

8. 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

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

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