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  • 5.0 star rating

    Luckily enough I have a job that allows me to visit a lot of places in Dublin that I wouldn't if I didn't do my job...does that make sense?

    One of those places is the National Gallery of Ireland. I do like my art, but wouldn't know much about technique or value, etc if they all slapped me in the face.

    However, this gallery is quite a friendly sort of place in that you can go and see masterpieces, such as the Caravaggio, which I love more and more every time I see it and obscure pieces that you've never heard of.

    Today I went with one of my students and spent more time in the Irish section and learned a pile of information about Jack B Yeats because we bothered to listen to the audio guide as well as linger around when the tour guides were giving an art history speech about the different pieces.

    Super friendly staff to help you with any questions. A great shop for after and I'm sure the cafe is lovely for quenching your thirst after talking a pile of s**** about the artist's inner turmoil at the time...

    Go visit. It's free. Stay as long or as little as you will.

  • 2.0 star rating

    I love museums. But this one isn't impressive. There seems to be a lot of unused and/or closed space.
    There are tons of postcards in the gift shop but most of the artworks are not visible in the few rooms open. It's mostly religious works I'm simply not interested in.

    The cafe is awesome however.

    Try the two modern art museums in Dublin for better artworks.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    The National Gallery of Ireland has three (among many) very sweet gems in it:

    1) The lost and found Caravaggio masterpiece, "The Taking of Christ". Enough said.

    2) The Gallery Gift Shop and all its sweet treasures from postcards to books to notepads to wall hangings to stationery.  

    3) The Cafe where one can bathe in natural light while enjoying the delicious and wonderful-smelling treats.

    And, one more thing - it's free.

    Get your culture on...!

  • 4.0 star rating

    Lovely collection.  Free too!

  • 4.0 star rating

    Good place. Free! Nice cafe. Wifi. Good place to read or work (in the cafe). Kids art room. I like it!

  • 4.0 star rating

    The National Gallery of Ireland was established in 1854, and opened its doors to the public in January 1864 with just 125 paintings. Today the collection has over 8000 paintings, watercolors, drawings and miniatures, more than 3,000 prints, 331 pieces of sculpture, vestments and objet d'art.

    Perhaps the gallery's most famous painting is Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ", which was lost for about 200 years until it was discovered in a Jesuit house on Leeson Street in 1993 (it had been mistaken for a copy of the original!). You can also find works of Goya, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Bellini, Michaelangelo and any more famous artists.

    There is also a comprehensive collection of Irish artists - Jack B. Yeats (brother of the poet W.B. Yeats and probably Ireland's most important painter) has a whole section devoted to him.

    This is a great way to spend a rainy day or a lazy afternoon.

    Admission is FREE
    Has 2 entrances, one on Merrion Square the other on Clare Street.
    Plan on spending a couple of hours here

  • 5.0 star rating

    For all of those people who dig deep into their pockets, buy a flight to Rome, Paris, Venice, Berlin, New York etc etc etc arrive in their hotel and get really REALLY excited about going to visit the respective galleries in these cities because their collections are sooooo good and the art is sooooo amazing.

    I wonder why they didnt first think... hmmm lets go visit the national gallery in our own country and see what it has to offer.

    I study Art history.. and on my travels i have constantly been asked if it is hard to study te subject i a country with "no good art" and "no architecture"....

    The National Gallery will put those people feet right into a huge pile of proverbial bull plop if ever they took the time to look at whats on offer..

    Monet? Check
    Carravaggio? Check
    Picasso? Check
    Van Gough? Check
    Titian? Check
    Delacroix? Check
    Pissaro, Renoir... Yeats... LeBroquey... Rembrandt!.. Vermeer!

    Cmon! The list goes on!

    And thats not including the brilliant ongoing exhibition of Irish 20th century artists and before we leave the Yeats issue ... take note that Jack Yeats is one of the most highly regarded artists in the world... and WE have the best collection of his work... and people come here just to see it..

    And if you are ignorent to the sheer importance and brilliance of the Carravaggio hanging on the walls i ask you to take the time to realise just how important it is... one of the greatest works by the artist still serviving today!

    Then there are the special exhibitons which a next to nothing and even more so for students... which display some of the greatest works ever and in the excellent new space in the Millenium wing (a stunning example of art and architecture itself!)

    And its all free... FREE

    cant say that about Gallaries on the continent or in Europe...

    We're doing quite well... so give it a chance... it is a gemm!

  • 4.0 star rating
    3 check-ins

    It's like this, either you are an art lover or you are not and if you are not then the thought of going to the national gallery is probably not a huge turn on. But worry not, besides the huge collection of pictures there is some really nice sculpture, a café, a shop and for the younger artist, an area where they can create their own masterworks.

    In short, a little of everything and enough to kill a few hours even for the most unenlightened of souls such as my good self.

  • 5.0 star rating

    It's pretty shocking that the first time I went here was just a few months ago, always the way... The good stuff is right in front of your nose but you think the grass is always greener. I never doubted it's ability to awe but like your childhood home, it will always be there so I opted to explore other places.

    The layout of the building is appealing to any one with an inkling to explore. Rooms open up into chambers; chambers turn into corridors; classical art lapses into modern canvasses. Such a varied and intense collection but not over whelming. My personal favourite are the portraits of important Irish figures; the painting of Dr Browne had me fixated for a good 20 minutes.

    What better than to end the free culture with a chocolate muffin and coffee in their cafe. The food there was surprisingly good; so good in fact I've been back several times just to eat there.

    Sometimes you have to go home for a little while to really learn the important stuff. To really understand the Irish psyche this place is a must do; I think I get us that bit more.

  • 5.0 star rating
    First to Review

    What can I say about the national Gallery. I'm a huge fan and its just gotten better over the years. With the addition of the new wing, which is an amazing building in itself its a must see for pretty much anyone visitor or resident of Dublin.

    Although most of the gallery is free. They do occasionally charge for temporary exhibits.  Yes its not the Louvre but thats what nice about the place.

    As for the art, theres a huge Irish contingent featuring works by Hamilton, Barry, Lavery, Orpen and Henry, the one's that haven't been bought up by bored rich people. A twentieth century Irish art collection is currently being shown, as well as sculpture and a whole wing for Jack B Yeats.

    Even if your not an art lover, check out the place for the restaurant and the fantastically well stocked gift shop. Theres also a restaurant under construction.

    As well as all the art theres huge reseach collections, some available to the public. The website has all the details.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in
    Listed in Free Dublin

    So if you're stuck with lots of free time, but little free money, then you should definitely call by the National Gallery.

    It's famous for its Caravaggio, and the Jack B. Yeats museum is worth a visit on its own. There's also some beautiful work in their collection of Irish artists.

    Be warned though, right now the whole place is in the middle of renovations, so there are lots of areas taped off and the Merrion Square entrance is currently closed.

    Also, a review for an art gallery should have a couple a samples. So here's what to expect at the National Gallery:

    The Taking of Christ: goo.gl/1qdq

    The Opening of the Sixth Seal (proof that Led Zeppelin album covers were popular in the 19th century): goo.gl/UaX9m

  • 5.0 star rating
    3 check-ins

    When thinking about the great gallery cities of Europe, Dublin doesn't often come to mind, and that is a shame. While this charming little gallery may not hold as many of the famous masterpieces as other places, London Paris and Vienna coming to mind, I never fail to find some little gem I had missed in a previous visit and because of the lack of crowds, you can stand, examine and love each painting, getting to really know its colors, subject matter and your own feelings about it.

    Plus, in true Hiberno pride, the Irish painting are separated out from the rest of Europe, allowing visitors to really explore Irish paintings, an often neglected area of Art History and find beautiful, deft paintings about Irish life over the centuries.

    And don't get me started on the Yeats collection. It is really exquisitely handled and so easy to get lost in.

    This is easily my favorite place to spend one of my rare free afternoons or weekend mornings.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    You could spend hours wandering around all the rooms in this place and looking at the art and reading the information that goes along with them...
    I didn't, I bailed after about a 45 mins. That much culture isn't good for a body in one go.
    I took in two rooms of paintings and decided I was cultured enough for the moment and ventured back towards the gift shop.
    GREAT gift shop, something in it for everyone, prints of the pictures you've just seen, cards, books, momentos, crafts, stationery etc.
    Unfortunately the coffee shop was closed by the time I had done browsing, but this was a pleasant way to spend an hour or so... free too!!

  • 5.0 star rating


    Dublin's national gallery is great. As all good galleries should be its free and it contains some wonderful paintings from all around the world.

    I went in January which is a great time to go as 31 Turner water colours are displayed only in janary every year. These were left to the gallery by Henry Vaughan who as part of the behest specified they must be shown every year in January for free altogether.

    When I actually went there was some work underway so I think I probably only saw about 2/3rds of whats normally on display.

    There are some great pieces here from pictures of the seventh seal of hell to local landmarks and famous portraits.

    The building is very nice and like all good art gallerys much bigger than it needs to be, with airy halls and staircases.

    There are also a number of statues which are placed around the place as you walk around.

    The shop is extensive with lots of art books and prints and other bits and bobs.

    So spend a few hours and see some history and gaze into the past. A great way to get some free entertainment and culture as well.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I enjoy a good art museum and I've been to several including the Guggenheim in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and yes, even the Carnegie in my native Pittsburgh.  I've often felt though that when visiting an art museum, it should be judged on its own merits.

    The collection includes paintings from the 14th century through the 21st century.  I really enjoyed the exhibits on the re-emergence of Irish paintings in the 17th century.  The sculpture collection mainly ranges from the 17th century up to the 19th century.  I tend to be a fan of objets d'art (or decorative arts).  I really enjoyed the glass pieces made by Maurice Marinot.  Too bad the collection is rather small.  The National Gallery hosts a good collection of prints, etchings, and drawings too.

    The current exhibition is Henry Clarke's illustrations on Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales.  These are intricately detailed illustrations, originally done in 1916.  As a kid, I really enjoyed the fairy tales, so I really enjoyed this exhibition.

    Most of this museum is free, and that includes any audio tours available and also the temporary exhibitions.  They also do concerts here, and my husband and I went to see the National Choir give an outstanding performance.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18 check-ins

    This is a great art museum in the heart of Dublin city centre.  The best part about this museum is that it is free, including a free audio guide available at the information desk.  

    The website says that they have about 15,000 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and objets d'art dating from the early thirteenth century through to the mid-twentieth century.  A large portion of the museum was under refurbishment when i visited in November, however there is still a good portion of the permanent collection on display and worth viewing if you are in the area.

    The museum is divided into Irish masterpieces, European masterpieces, Landscapes and a few rotating collections.  My favorite area is probably the European masterpieces, however the Irish section is also very good.  The European section has a great variety of notable artists including Monet, Picasso, Goya, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and many others.  I also really enjoy the 13th-17th century art at the start of the European wing.  The museum does a great job with providing the name of the work, the artist and a little background on the art.  Most of the pieces are also available on their website with the information as well which is great if you get home and want more information on your favorites.

    The museum has a great gift shop too that is definitely worth a browse and not your typical gift shop.  Everyone I know who has stepped foot into the gift shop has been impressed with their excellent selection.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Had a great day here. Nice to stroll around, and without prompting the odd staff member just starting chatting to us about some of the paintings we were looking at, which was a very welcome change from the usual gallery etiquette:-)

    Coffee shop has the look and feel of a college student canteen, but the Lincolns Inn across from the Lincolns Place/Leinster Street South entrance was perfect for a bite to eat and a glass of wine.

  • 5.0 star rating

    This is one of Dublins (Irelands) little gems.

    A great place for a first date or Valentines Day Lunch.

    You can't help but fall in love here!!

    Im not an Aficionado of fine art but I do recognise and appreciate beauty when I see it.

    This is an amazing painting..........I love it.


    One of many beauties in this Gallery.

  • 4.0 star rating

    The National Gallery of Ireland is a large, bright modern gallery which houses some fine examples of Irish and international art. It also regularly hosts interesting transitional exhibitions.

    The thing I like about the National Gallery is that it does not restrict its remit to 'art on paper' but tries to make a connection with other aspects of 'the arts' such as literature and music. I saw an excellent talk by poet Eavan Boland here a few years ago as well as an exhibition of artwork inspired by the literature of Samuel Beckett. Currently, there is an exhibition running which features illustrations created by Harry Clarke for Hans Christian Anderson's 'Fairytales'. The National Gallery also hosts regular concerts, particularly during the summer months. Most exhibitions are free and concert prices are reasonable.

    As John says, this isn't the Louvre, but Dublin isn't Paris, nor do we want it to be!

  • 4.0 star rating

    I hadn't been here for years, literally years! last time i entered this hallowed building i was about seven and i was on a school tour.

    I dont see the point of bringing crowds of kids in here they jsut dont get it, i know i didnt when i was younger, its a load of pictures on a wall!

    now walking in here you are awed by all of the masterpieces around you, there infornt of your eyes are pieces of work that are worth millions and are literally famous. its like walking along a line of famous people or something.

    the bit i like most though is the gift shop, you spot a painting that you really like hanging gloriously on one of the art gallery walls and then when you get to the shop you can buy a small little postcard sized version of it to bring home with you to stick on your fridge! :-)

  • 3.0 star rating
    Listed in DUBLIN: To Do

    Free entry. Any place with the word "National" in front of it (any museums) are all free except for the National Bank  Caravaggio painting inside.

    It's not the Vatican museum, Accademia or Louvre but it has its own charm.

    Free gift packet of notecards with a Dublin pass.

    • Qype User kingof…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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    • 133 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Even if you are a backpacker visiting Dublin on a shoestring, and you think that the treacherous Irish weather is confining you to your hostel, think again. Most public galleries and museums in Dublin are for free, so you'll be able to see some really good exhibitions without spending one euro.

    The National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square is no exception. Spanning two different wings between Merrion Square and Clare Street, it houses artworks from the 14th to the 20th centuries and includes many major European painters and sculptors. Works by Jack B. Yeats, Titian, Caravaggio, Monet, Picasso, Vermeer and Velázquez (amongst others) are on display all year round. Plus, they have a newly renovated cafe/restaurant in case you should get hungry wandering in between all those paintings.

    Please note that the gallery is focusing on classic and established art - if you are looking for contemporary art please visit the Irish Museum for Modern Art, also reviewed here: qype.co.uk/place/147749-…

    At the time of writing the brilliant exhibition of William Turner's watercolours is still on display - please hurry if you plan to visit, due to the delicate nature of the paintings the exhibition is only open in January while it still dark enough outside. For more information please see: nationalgallery.ie/html/…

    • Qype User Badger…
    • Edinburgh
    • 16 friends
    • 171 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Definitely not one of Dublin's finest and no where near as impressive as say, the Hugh Lane gallery, but worth taking a look around if you're in the locale. Some nice pieces but not really what you'd expect from a National gallery.

    • Qype User nowrou…
    • London
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    • 76 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Great cultural place to visit for free. The art here is outstanding and you don't really need to be an art-buff to appreciate the Irish and European paintings. 17th century  works by Jack B. Yeats, Hamilton, Barry and Caravaggio are located here.Also part of the gallery is dedicated to art created by members of the public.

    The website nationalgallery.ie is excellent to find out about the latest exhibitions plus admission is free.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Very nice formal garden. A must see in dublin (5 stars) but Main part of exhibit was closed. so only 3 stars

  • 4.0 star rating
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    This is a very nice museum, don't get me wrong, but I was a bit disappointed with the size of the collection. The collection itself has some very nice pieces but it's only one floor and it took me about a half hour to go through the whole thing. Maybe it's not to be compared with the likes of the Met or the Louvre but it seemed a little lacking for a national gallery. It is a nice place with some nice pieces and there's no admission fee; however, in the end I would recommend it but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way for it.

  • 5.0 star rating

    We had a lovely visit there...our little 1 year old (in a carrier back then - 7 years ago) kept pointing to painting of horses and telling us that she likes them....

  • 3.0 star rating

    Right now a cautionary note is justified - the place is mostly closed and what you get is a tour of highlights.Plus they've wasted space  on an absolutely awful display of local contemporary art. I'm not interested in delivering some philistine lecture on the awfulness of modern art. Some is , some isn't.But why when you have a solid collection do you waste space on  ephemeral crap?You would have a right to complain but for one thing ,it's free.

    • Qype User vdot…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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    • 52 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    It's a nice place to visit for all art-lovers, though not the most spectacular in Dublin. They have both their permanent collection exhibited and some temporary exhibitions. When you feel that you got enough of arty stuff, you can treat yourself to a lunch in their cafe, the food there is really good!

  • 5.0 star rating

    Free entry for the general public and full of masterpieces. I can't say enough how wonderful an amenity this is. If you have a free afternoon, or even just a lunch break, go!

    • Qype User love8…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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    • 39 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Great place for art lovers, this is a free national galley which houses irish paintings, you will also find paintings from other artists from europe and special exhibitions. I went there on a saturday afternoon and enjoyed the free guided tour I got. You can also find additional services such as library/family/cafe/shop sevices. The place is busy during the weekends so visiting during the weekday would be ideal.

    • Qype User CMF08…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 4 friends
    • 100 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    The National Gallery houses a range of fantastic art work that makes a visit worthwhile. It is one of those wonderful places that you can easily just nip in for a quick tour (or for some peace and quiet!) and then zip back out to the busy streets of Dublin. And as it's free you can visit often and don't have to feel the pressure to see and enjoy everything at once.

  • 5.0 star rating

    When I was seven I was brought on a school tour to the NGI and the Turner watercolours and Titian's Ecce Homo completely stuck with me for some reason and I've ended up working in a gallery!

    Admission is free and there's always events being organised. It's an impressive building and it obviously has fantastic collection of Irish art. I really like Mainie Jellett and John Lavery's paintings but I think my favourite painting in the NGI's collection is Vermeer's Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid. Anyone studying the history of art should definitely visit the Fine Art Library. I always enjoy going into the bright and spacious restaurant for a treat.

    • Qype User roship…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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    • 6 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Tucked under the wing of Trinity College's Art Block, it would be easy to blink and miss this two-room gallery as you stroll down Nassau Street. But its worth venturing in for a peek at the collection.
    As with most off-beat, alternative modern art galleries, not every collection will appeal to everyone. But that's all part of the appeal: from Japanese Tea Bowls to monochrome photographs or wacky light installations, there will always be something interesting to muse upon - whether or not its to your personal taste. The gallery has an international feel, crossing boundaries and encompassing art from a variety of cultures, using a diverse and eclectic mix of materials and styles.
    The compact size and handy central location make the DHG a breeze to get around - pop in on your lunch break or on the way to Grafton Street. There's also a handy mini-bookshop at the entrance, stocking several contemporary art magazines. Perfect for newcomers to the art world, each brief visit gives a digestible glimpse into unseen pastures.

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