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Privacy and Cookie Policy

1. Introduction

The National Museum of Ireland fully respects your right to privacy and actively seeks to preserve the privacy rights of those who share information with the Museum in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (“GDPR”) and other applicable national and European privacy legislation and regulations (“Data Protection Law”).

This Privacy and Cookie Policy applies to all domains and websites owned by the National Museum of Ireland. There are links on this website to external websites and the Museum is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of these 3rd party websites.

 2. Types of information collected

“Personal Data”
This is data which can be used to directly identify you and may include your name, address, telephone number, email address, IP address or your credit card number. Such information is only collected from you where it is volunteered by you, such as by sending us an email or subscribing for news and updates from us.

“Non-Personal Data”
This is data that relates to the operation of our websites and is not associated with any specific personal identity. Like many other websites we gather statistical and analytical information relating to our website visitors and how they use our websites. Examples of such non-personal data may include the pages visited on our websites, web browser types or unique URL’s visited within our websites.

 3. How the National Museum of Ireland uses your information

“Personal Data”
The National Museum of Ireland will process any personal data you share with us as follows:
(a)    To provide you with the goods or services you have specifically requested, or;
(b)   To contact you, if required, in relation to your communication or order or to respond to any other communication you may send to us.

“Non-Personal Data”
We use the non-personal data gathered from our websites in an aggregate form for reporting on the usability, performance and effectiveness of our websites, to provide more relevant content and to gain a better understanding of where our visitors come from.

 4. Who the National Museum of Ireland shares your data with

We will not disclose your personal data to third parties, outside of the National Museum of Ireland, unless you have consented to this disclosure or unless the third party is required to fulfil your order (in such circumstances, the third party is bound by similar data protection requirements). We will disclose your personal data if we believe in good faith that we are required to disclose it in order to comply with any applicable law, a summons, a search warrant, a court or regulatory order, or other statutory requirement. When making these transfers, we will take steps to ensure that your personal data is adequately protected and transferred in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Law.  This may involve the use of data transfer agreements in the form approved by the European Commission or another mechanism recognised by data protection law as ensuring an adequate level of protection for Personal  Data transferred outside the EEA (for example, standard contractual clauses).

We may provide non-personal data to third parties, where such information is combined with similar information of other users of our site. The third parties to whom we may provide this information may include, potential or actual advertisers, providers of advertising services (including website tracking services), commercial partners, sponsors, licensees, researchers and other similar parties.

 5. Use of Cookies

Cookies are small snippets of data a website may store on your computer to record basic information, such as visitor preferences. Cookies are used to track usage patterns, traffic trends and visitor behaviour.  They are also sometimes used by online applications to improve user functionality. 
Please note that by using our websites, you accept the terms of this Privacy and Cookie policy. You can choose to set your browser to refuse cookies from any of our websites but as a result, you may lose some functionality or website features. More information about cookies and details of how to manage or disable them can be found on

When you visit one of the websites owned by the National Museum of Ireland, the following types of cookies can be set on your device.

Performance cookies
These cookies are used to collect statistical information about visitors of the website and the pages they view. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information collected is aggregated and used anonymously. We use these cookies to understand what content is popular which helps us to improve our website.

We use Google Analytics to provide this service which is an analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). The information stored in the cookie is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States and then used to evaluate visitors' use of our website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for us. You can find out more information about Google Analytics here. Further information on Google Analytics, including how to opt-out, is also available here at the Google Analytics Help Centre.

Functional cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced and more personal features.

Other third party cookies
Some cookies that have been set on our websites are not related to the National Museum of Ireland or our partners. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Facebook, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser. We do not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.
6. Children's Privacy

The National Museum of Ireland is committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children's online activities and interests. The National Museum of Ireland does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 16 through its websites.

7. Updating, Verifying and Deleting Personal Data

In accordance with our obligations under Data Protection Laws you have a right to be given a copy of all personal data that we hold about you. You also have the right to have your data corrected, if inaccurate, or erased, if the National Museum of Ireland does not have a legitimate reason for retaining the data. Please be advised, the National Museum of Ireland is a place of deposit under the National Archives Act, 1986 and complies with the guidelines issued by the National Archives of Ireland on GDPR and the National Archives Act.

Data access requests should be submitted by email to or in writing to Data Protection Officer, National Museum of Ireland, Block 19, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7, D07 XKV4

8. Changes to our Privacy Statement

We review this Privacy Policy regularly and reserve the right to make changes at any time to take account of changes in our business, legal requirements, and the manner in which we process Personal Data. This Privacy Policy was last updated on 23rd March 2020. We may review this policy and make changes to it from time to time.

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