The Irish Museum of Modern Art, which was established in May 1991, is the country's leading national institution for the collection and exhibition of contemporary art. The collection of artworks owned by or on long-term loan to the Museum consists of works by Irish and non-Irish artists. The collection has been developed by purchase, loans and donations, as well as by the commissioning of new works.
The Museum, which is housed in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham (Dublin), presents retrospectives, solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and projects. It also shows its collection in rotating temporary displays, as well as exhibitions and projects organised by the Museum's Education and Community Department.
A permanent exhibition and video on the heritage of the Royal Hospital is available for viewing all year round, during Museum opening hours.
The Artists' Residency Programme is the Museum's studio/residency programme, which provides opportunities for artists to research and develop their artistic practice. This programme is open to artists of all nationalities working in any medium - artists either apply to the Museum or are invited to take part in the programme by the Museum.
The Museum has developed a number of programmes and projects intended to address the needs of specific groups, such as schools and colleges. It provides a range of options, including guided tours, workshops, talks, discussions and studio visits, all of which can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular group.
The National Programme is a programme that distributes the assets, resources and skills of the museum to a variety of situations and locations in Ireland, both north and south. Using the museum's collection and exhibitions generated by the museum, the National Programme facilitates the creation of exhibitions and other projects for display in a range of locations around Ireland. The exhibitions are formed and organised in partnership with local venues and groups.
The museum is open from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, Wednesday from 10.30am to 5.30pm and from 12.00pm to 5.30 pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays. Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, 24 - 27 December.
Free guided tours of exhibitions are available on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2.30pm. No booking is required. It is possible to pre-book a guided tour. Tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance. More information on tours here.
You can pre-book a guided tour. It must be booked at least three weeks in advance of your intended visit. You can book a tour online on the Museum's website.
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