National Museum of Ireland | Free Exhibitions Dublin

National Museum of Ireland | Free Exhibitions Dublin

The National Museum of Ireland is Ireland's leading museum institution, with a strong emphasis on national and some international archaeology, Irish history, Irish art, culture, and natural history.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology is national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland and home to over two million artefacts. Centrally located on Kildare Street, next door to Leinster House (Government Buildings) and Merrion Square.

The National Museum of Ireland was founded under the Dublin Science and Art Museum Act of 1877. Previously, the Museum’s collections had been divided between Leinster House, originally the headquarters of the Royal Dublin Society, and the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street, built as an extension to Leinster House in 1856 – 1857. Under the Act, the government purchased the museum buildings and collections. To provide storage and display space for the Leinster House collections, the government quickly implemented plans to construct a new, custom-built museum on Kildare Street and on 29 August 1890, the new museum opened its doors to the public.

 


Museums Address

Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 FH48 

 
  

National Museum of Ireland | Free Exhibitions Dublin