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21 July 2020: Remaining two National Museum of Ireland sites re-open to the public

Catherine Heaney, Chair of the National Museum of Ireland, Catherine Martin, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport & the Gaeltacht & Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland re-opened two more of its sites to visitors today.  Visitors can now enjoy a visit to each of its four sites i.e.

  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology (Kildare Street, Dublin 2)

  • National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (Merrion Street,  Dublin 2)

  • National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History (Collins Barracks, Dublin 7)

  • National Museum of Ireland – Country Life (Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.)

Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, said: 

“We are delighted to welcome back our visitors.  We have taken a number of measures to ensure the safe return of our visitors and staff and would encourage visitors to visit our museum.ie website in advance of their visit for updates and more information."


Some of the new measures in place include:

  • 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.

  • Free ticketing system is in place for two of our sites i.e.

  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology (Kildare Street, Dublin 2)
  • National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (Merrion Street,  Dublin 2)

Catherine Heaney, Chair of the National Museum of Ireland, said “As all of the National Museum’s sites reopen, we are in the difficult position of operating under reduced capacity. Attracting high visitor numbers will no longer be the mark of our success. During lock down, we considered how we best serve public in these constrained circumstances: For as long as social distancing is part of how we live our lives, the National Museum of Ireland will be placing a special emphasis on attracting our most disadvantaged and excluded communities. We hope to contribute to how all our visitors recover and reconcile themselves with the impacts of COVID-19.”
https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Visitor-Information/Rediscover-your-Museum-Phased-reopening-of-the-Nat
Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht attended the opening in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology and said  “It is a great pleasure to be the first visitor back to the amazing Museum of Archaeology today. I am delighted that this venue with its wonderful national collection can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone in person once again. I would like to thank Ms Catherine Heaney, Chair, Ms Lynn Scarff, Director, the Management and staff of the Museum for their commitment and hard work during these unprecedented challenging times. I look forward to many more visits in the future.”
ENDS//
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ann Daly, Head of Marketing, National Museum of Ireland
T: 01 648 6457| M: 087 2368067| E: adaly@museum.ie

Press and Information Office
Roinn Meán, Turasóireachta, Ealaíon, Cultúir, Spóirt agus Gaeltachta
Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht
Tel: 087 6737338 / 087 7374427
Email: press.office@chg.gov.ie
 
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MUSUM OF IRELAND:
The National Museum of Ireland has 4 public sites, and a Collections Repository: 

  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology (Kildare Street, Dublin 2)

  • National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (Merrion Street,  Dublin 2)

  • National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History (Collins Barracks, Dublin 7)

  • National Museum of Ireland – Country Life (Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo)

 Admission to the National Museum of Ireland and its Exhibitions is Free. Museum Shop & Café on site – see www.museum.ie .
Museum Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday and Monday 1.00pm – 5.00pm
 Visit www.museum.ie for details of ongoing events/activities.


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