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The National Gallery of Ireland

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Grand collection of European art spanning the 14th to the 20th-century covering all major schools


Established in 1854 by an Act of Parliament, the National Gallery of Ireland houses the nation's collection of European and Irish fine art spanning the early Renaissance to the 1950s.

16,300 works of art


The collection comprises over 16,300 works of art. In essence the collection constitutes a survey of the history of European art from the 13th century to the present day, featuring celebrated masterpieces by:


17th century Irish painting


The Gallery holds the most important collection of Irish painting dating from the 17th century which includes works by:


The National Portrait Collection


The National Gallery of Ireland is also home to the National Portrait Collection (established 1874). Over the years the collection has been developed with additions of paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculpture depicting eminent Irish individuals who have contributed to the civic, social, and cultural life of the nation. Since 1998 the National Portrait Collection has been enhanced by commissioned works which reflect both a more contemporary engagement with the affairs of the nation and a broader range of subjects.

Highlights in the contemporary series



More recently, the Gallery purchased a portrait of the poet and anthologist, Michael Longley by Belfast born artist, Colin Davidson.

The National Gallery of Ireland's research facilities include a Fine Art Library, Yeats Archive, a Centre for the Study of Irish Art, and the Sir Denis Mahon Library & Archive. Since the Gallery opened to the public in 1864, it has expanded to accommodate a growing collection with the construction of the Milltown Wing (1903), the Beit Wing (1968 & 1996) and the Millennium Wing (2002). The Gallery is Ireland's premier cultural attraction.

The National Gallery of Ireland has recently completed a major refurbishment of its historic complex on Merrion Square West, namely the Dargan wings and Milltown wings which date to 1864 and 1903 respectively.

Those buildings reopened to the public in summer 2017. The project was managed by the Office of Public Works Management Services. Heneghan Peng was the appointed architectural firm and John Paul Construction was the main contractor. The refurbishment project involved repairs to the roofs and glazing, the installation of 21st-century climate, heating, fire suppression, electrical, lighting and security systems. The Gallery's historic buildings, all conceived separately, had many different levels, and very few logical connections. Through the refurbishment, architects Heneghan Peng found an ingenious and elegant way of improving movement through the building and dealing with those changes in levels. The project also saw the reopening of Victorian features and spaces within the building, previously unseen by the public, in the process creating a beautiful internal courtyard.

Due to this extensive refurbishment project, the National Gallery of Ireland is now equipped as a world-leading gallery space, meeting the international standards for the presentation of both its own collections and visiting artworks.

Exhibitions in 2018


Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art
25 October 2017 - 14 January 2018. Admission charge.

Aftermath: The War Landscapes of William Orpen
11 November 2017 - 11 February 2018. Free admission.

Gallery opening hours


Monday to Saturday 9.15 - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.15am - 8.30pm
Sunday 11am - 5.30pm
Public Holidays 9.15am - 5.30pm
Closed 24th - 26th December & Good Friday

Admission to the National Gallery of Ireland permanent collection is free.
WEB: www.nationalgallery.ie

National Gallery of Ireland - Photo Fennell Photography

National Gallery of Ireland - Photo Fennell Photography

National Gallery of Ireland Grand Gallery - Photo NGI Photographer Roy-Hewson

National Gallery of Ireland Grand Gallery - Photo NGI Photographer Roy-Hewson

National Gallery of Ireland Courtyard - Joseph-Walsh Magnus-Modus Photo NGI Photographer Roy-Hewson

National Gallery of Ireland Courtyard - Joseph-Walsh Magnus-Modus Photo NGI Photographer Roy-Hewson

National Gallery of Ireland Merrion Square - Photo NGI Photographer Roy-Hewson

National Gallery of Ireland Merrion Square - Photo NGI Photographer Roy-Hewson

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