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Venue Accessibility

Find out about visiting options for mobility, visual and hearing impaired visitors to the NMI - Decorative Arts & History.

There will be no changes to Museum opening hours for the St. Patrick's Day festival 2023. 
However, public pedestrian access will be through Benburb Street only from Tue 14 - Mon 20 March inclusive. The Arbour Hill and Luas gate will be closed to the public during this time.   

The NMI - Decorative Arts & History has three entrance gates:

  • The main gate from Benburb Street for both car and pedestrian access. Please note there is a steep incline from this gate to the entrance of Clarke Square.
  • A second entrance gate for cars and pedestrians is located at the rear of the site from the Arbour Hill area. There is a steep decline from the gate to the car park.
  • There is a pedestrian gate from the Museum Luas stop on Benburb Street, but this is not wheelchair accessible. (Please use the main gate nearby on Benburb Street instead.)

Once you have entered the Museum grounds, the main entrance to the Museum building is located off Clarke Square. This entrance is on ground level with two sets of glass double doors leading into the main reception area.


There will be no public parking available at our Collins Barracks site from Saturday 11 March to Wednesday 22 March inclusive.

There will be limited accessible parking available on site for blue badge holders on Sat 11 - Mon 13 and Tue 21 - Wed 22 March. Please liaise with the steward at the gate when you arrive. 
There are no accessible spaces available in Collins Barracks from Tue 14 - Wed 15 and Sun 19 - Mon 20 March, there will be limited accessible spaces available on Arbour Hill instead. 
There is no parking in Collins Barracks or on Arbour Hill on event days (Thu 16 - Sat 18 March).

Please note that the car park in Collins Barracks is paid parking (though there is an exemption for valid permit parking).

  • 1 hour €2
  • 4 hours €5
  • All day €12

Car Park Opening Hours:

  • Monday - Saturday 7.30am - 6pm (gates close 6.30pm)
  • Sunday 1pm - 5.30pm (gates close 6pm)

There are seven designated disabled parking spaces.

Facilities for people with mobility impairment

  • All galleries in the Museum of Decorative Arts & History are fully accessible. The site has three lifts, located in the east corner servicing floors one to three of the decorative arts section of the museum. There are two lifts in the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition. The main reception lift is currently undergoing necessary maintenance, and will be temporarily closed. Once you arrive, our front of house team will be more than happy to direct you to your nearest lift. 
  • Accessible toilets are located in the main reception, the ground floor of the Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition, and in the Riding School (temporary gallery).
  • Mobile stools are available upon request from the Reception Desk.
  • Wheelchairs are available from the Reception Desk on request. Please call ahead to reserve one on +353 1 6777444.
  • There are seating areas available in the majority of galleries.

Facilities for people with visual impairment

  • Guide and Assistance Dogs are welcome.
  • Please note that lighting in some exhibitions is low to address conservation concerns around certain artefacts.
  • There are touchable exhibits within the Museum. Please ask a staff member or attendant to help you locate these in the Museum.

Facilities for people with hearing impairment

  • We regret that currently induction loops are not installed in the Museum.

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Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks ,
Benburb St,
Dublin 7,
D07 XKV4

+353 1 677 7444