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OPEN FOR VISITORS: We can't wait to welcome you back!

The National Museum of Ireland is delighted to announce the reopening of three of our Museums to the public from 1pm on Monday, 10 May 2021, in line with the Government's plan COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 and the Work Safely Protocol.

We look forward to welcoming you back for a safe and enjoyable visit at the NMI - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7;  the NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo; and the NMI - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 (booking required).

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

Café facilities are available at the NMI - Country Life, Turlough Park, Co Mayo, for take-away only in line with Government guidelines, and the Museum Shops will be open from 17 May. Click and collect is available at the NMI - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. Visit the Museum Shop Online to browse a unique range of books, crafts and jewellery.

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. Read our latest COVID-19 visitor update for further information and to plan your visit.

Some highlights to enjoy at the National Museum of Ireland this summer include:

  • Glendalough: Power, Prayer and Pilgrimage - a temporary exhibition at the NMI - Archaeology exploring the history of one of Ireland's most important monastic sites
  • Crown beoir - an exhibition of photographic portraits exploring hair and identity in Traveller culture, on display at the NMI - Country Life
  • The Irish Wars 1919 - 1923 - the reimagined exhibition at the NMI - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, examining a complex period in Irish history through new objects, displays and themes 
  •  InForm (opening later in May 2021) - a new temporary exhibition with the Design and Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) showcasing contemporary Irish ceramics and jewellery by 22 emerging makers
  • Our Irish Chair: Tradition Revisited (opening June 2021) - a new temporary exhibition at the NMI - Country Life in Co Mayo looking at the history and tradition of a unique chair type known as the Tuam or Sligo chair
  • Down to Earth (opening later this summer) - a new exhibition exploring Ireland's incredible geology at the NMI - Decorative Arts & History, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI)

The National Museum of Ireland is Ireland’s premier cultural institution and is home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage and culture in the world. Admission is free. The NMI is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays and Mondays.

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