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Things to Do In Dublin – Part 2 (Free Attractions)

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This is the second part in a two-part series on places to visit in Dublin if you are attending EuroSTAR 2014 from November 24th-28th. This week we look at some free attractions that are in Dublin. The list includes museums, art galleries, and more. All of Ireland’s national museums are free to visit and are definitelty a great way to learn about the history and geography of Ireland. Last week we features some free attrations to visit around Dublin. You can view that post here.

The National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Open Mon – Sat 9.30am to 5.30pm (8.30pm on Thurs). Sunday 12.00pm to 5.30pm

Admission:

Free to permanent collection.

Website:

www.nationalgallery.ie

Email:

[email protected]  

Phone:

01-661-5133

Celebrating 150 years in 2014, today the collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Every major European School of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings. The gallery’s highlights include works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.

 

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

Kildare St Dublin 2

Open Tuesday to Sat from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm – 5pm

Website:

http://www.museum.ie

Email:

[email protected]

Phone

01-807-2355

Walk into the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street and be magically transported back in time – as far back as 7000 BC! The museum first opened its doors in 1890 and has extensive archaeological collections. Take time at The Treasury and see examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. Gaze in wonder at the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, which is to be found in Or – Ireland’s Gold. Ramble through prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the same time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland.

 

Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle Dublin 2

Open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Sat 11am to 5pm & Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Website:

www.cbl.ie

Phone:

01-407-0750

Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor’s itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’ and rated at number 3 in TripAdvisor’s list of recommended Dublin cultural attractions, the library’s rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.

Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete this amazing collection – all the result of the collecting activities of one man – Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an, the Bible, and European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.

 

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks, Dublin 1

Open Tuesday to Sat from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm – 5pm

Website:

http://www.museum.ie

Email:

[email protected]

Phone:

01-677-7444

At the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History you’ll find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.

The 1916 Rising exhibition examines the decade of disturbance between 1913 and 1923, from the Dublin Lockout, through the Easter Rising to the end of the Civil War.

 

Hugh Lane Gallery

Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Open Tuesday to Thurs from 10am to 6pm, Fri & Sat, 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm. Closed Mondays.

Website:

www.hughlane.ie

Email:

[email protected]

Phone:

01-222-5550

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, is the oldest Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Ireland. The original collection, donated in 1908 by Sir Hugh Lane now includes over 2,000 artworks, ranging from masterpieces by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas to works by leading national and international contemporary artists. The Gallery also houses the relocated Francis Bacon studio, donated to the gallery in 1998 and opened to the public in 2001. The Gallery also hosts regular concerts, lectures, tours and educational projects.

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