National Gallery of Ireland


The National Gallery of Ireland houses both the national collection of Irish art and the collection of European master paintings.

Paintings and sculpture

The painting collection spans the period from the 14th to the 20th centuries and includes all the major Continental schools. Irish painting is charted from its re-emergence in the 17th century through to the work of Jack B. Yeats, Ireland's most important 20th century artist.

The sculpture collection is dispersed throughout the painting galleries and ranges chiefly from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Irish portrait busts make up the largest number of sculptures.

Prints, drawings and watercolours

The National Gallery has a large collection of original prints by European and American artists, dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The drawings and watercolours collection includes most movements in European art from the 16th century to modern times.

The Gallery's library and archives

The purpose of the Gallery's library and archives collection is to support the development and maintenance of the Gallery's collections through the provision of relevant reading material. The library also serves as a national and international resource for the study of Irish art and as a national resource for the study of European art.

Readers should specify their area of research when making an appointment so that access to the relevant materials can be provided.

Opening Hours

The Gallery is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. It is open from 9.30am to 8.30pm on Thursday, from 12.00pm to 5.30pm on Sunday and from 10.00am to 5.30pm on public holidays. .

The Gallery is closed on Good Friday and on the 24, 25 and 26 December.

Entry to the various galleries and shop stops 15 minutes before the Gallery closes.

Facilities for disabled visitors

Public areas of the Gallery are accessible by lifts to all levels and wheelchairs are available on request for mobility impaired visitors. Further information on accessability is available on the Gallery's website

Tours and education

The gallery provides a range of tours. Free public tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays. School tours and guided tours for private groups are also available. Guided tours must be booked for private groups, schools and university groups, special interest groups and individuals. Self guided tours must also be booked in advance. A minimum of 2 weeks notice is required. You can make a booking online.

The Gallery's Education Department organises programmes and events for all age groups. Information for schools is available here.


Visitors are not allowed to touch the paintings, sculpture or furniture.

Visitors are not allowed to use cameras, video equipment and mobile phones.

Smoking, eating and drinking in the Gallery are forbidden.

You should contact the Education Department if you want permission to sketch and paint.

Rooms can be subject to unavoidable short-term closure without notice.

Further information on rules for visitors is available here.


Admission to the Gallery is free. There is an admission charge for visiting temporary exhibitions.

There is no charge for guided tours of the Gallery for school groups. There is a charge for guided tours for private groups.

How to apply

If you wish to arrange a tour of the Gallery, you should contact the Education Department, Tel: (01) 661 5133. You can also make a booking online.

Where to apply

National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square West

Tel:+353 (0)1 6615133
Fax:+353 (0)1 6615372

Page edited: 9 December 2014