Dublin Art Galleries
(Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Dublin is a lively and trendy city, and this image is certainly reinforced by its plentiful selection of art galleries. Featuring both Irish and world-famous international artists alike, the galleries and art museums of Dublin vary greatly in size and quality, and many boast free admission.
If you only have time to visit a handful of galleries during your trip to the city, then the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square should certainly feature at the top of your list, since it is filled with both Irish and European art. Those who favour contemporary pieces will find that the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is the one for you, while both the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and the Temple Bar Gallery and Studio also deserve a mention.
National Gallery of Ireland
Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 661 5133
This is one of Europe's finest smaller art museums and is the first in a series of major civic buildings on the west side of Merrion Square. With more than 3,000 works, spanning from the 14th to the 20th centuries, the National Gallery can be fully covered in a morning or afternoon. The paintings include famous artists Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Rembrandt, Goya and Caravaggio. The Yeats Museum is dedicated to the Irish family who were very talented in using a variety of mediums and includes paintings by the renowned 20th-century Irish artist Jack B. Yeats. The new Millennium Wing has recently opened and is a spectacular venue which is used to stage many major international exhibitions. Free guided tours are available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday 09:30 to 17:30, Thursday 09:30 to 20:30, Sunday 12:00 to 17:30
Address: St. James Gate, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 408 4800
This impressive art gallery has a superb location - on the 5th floor of the well-known Guinness Storehouse. It has become a popular venue where Irish artists are very keen to exhibit their work. With exhibits that are regularly changing, including both sculptures and paintings, there is an emphasis on World-Wide Web art and general innovation.
Open hours: daily, 09:00 to 17:30
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
Address: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 612 9900
Completely free to enter and browse at your leisure, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) was founded in 1991 and is situated within the magnificent Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which dates back to the late 17th century. The IMMA serves as the premier national institution for modern and contemporary art in Ireland and boasts a permanent collection of approximately 2,000 pieces, many of which are rotated on a regular basis. The additional 1,200 old master prints forming the Madden Arnholz Collection are especially important.
Open hours: Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:30, Wednesday - 10:30 to 17:30, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:30
Address: 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 605 6800
The modern Arthouse is built in glass, metal and painted concrete and is very much for enthusiasts of the digital age. Inside there is a creative studio, performance venue, training centre and an exhibition space. The Art Information Bureau and the Artifact artist's database is a useful catalogue of more than 1,000 artists from Ireland and abroad - you are able to view categorised lists of artists and images of their work.
Open hours: weekdays 09:00 to 18:00
Address: 6 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 872 9702
Located north of the River Liffey, this 18th-century Georgian House has been restored and now houses a wonderful, large open-plan gallery. There are many exhibits from both new and established Irish artists, in a variety of different styles and media. The exhibitions are reached by an internal bridge, from the gallery shop.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday 14:00 to 17:00
Green On Red Galleries
Address: 26-28 Lombard Street East, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 671 3414
This gallery, situated South of the River Liffey, is not one of Dublin's most popular and yet it is probably one of the best art galleries in the city. With regularly changing exhibitions that feature the work of some of the finest rising Irish and British artists, there is always something of interest to enjoy.
Open hours: weekdays 11:00 to 18:00, Saturday 11:00 to 17:00
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (formerly the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art)
Address: Parnell Square North, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 874 1903
The very grand building was originally built as a town house in 1762, for the Earl of Charlemont. Situated north of the River Liffey, Lane collected both 19th-century Irish works of art and also impressionist paintings and the exhibition displays work by many famous artists, including Pissarro's Printemps, Morisot's Jour d'Été, Manet's Eva Gonzales, and probably the highlight of the collection, Renoir's Les Parapluies. There is also a recreation of the artist Francis Bacon's actual studio and a very stunning display of stained-glass pieces.
Open hours: Tuesday to Thursday 09:30 to 18:00, Friday and Saturday - 09:30 to 17:00, Sunday 11:00 to 17:00
Address: Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 9093
This important commercial gallery can be found in the city centre, behind Grafton Street. Many of the country's important contemporary artists exhibit in this large space and this includes renowned international artists, such as New York
artists Stephen McKenna, Sean Scully, Kathy Prendergast and Paul Seawright.
Open hours: weekdays 10:00 to 17:45, Saturday 11:00 to 16:30
National Photographic Archive
Address: 2 Kildare Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 603 0200
This exciting collection of Irish photographs includes contemporary work from many of the country's past photographers. With exhibitions including work from the 19th and 20th century, there is plenty to see.
Open hours: weekdays 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday 10:00 to 14:00
Original Print Gallery
Address: 4 Temple Bar, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 677 3657
This splendid building specialises in limited edition prints by Irish artists. It is very modern in style and was designed by the same architect as the Temple Bar Gallery. The Black Church Print Studio is also located in the building and exhibits a range of prints.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:30 to 17:30, Saturday 11:00 to 17:00, Sunday 14:00 to 18:00
Address: 10 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 8055
This second-floor gallery is in the city centre and overlooks St. Stephen's Green. Throughout the year there are many different exhibitions with a variety of work including all types of media.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 to 17:30
Address: Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 679 4237
Over the years the Solomon Gallery has slowly gained a reputation as one of the city's leading exhibition spaces, displaying fine art, making it a popular venue to visit. Located within the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, the Solomon is close to Exchequer Street and Clarendon Street.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:30
Temple Bar Gallery
Address: 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 671 0073
With monthly exhibitions including up-and-coming Irish painters, sculptors, photographers and other artists, the gallery is very much the flagship of the Temple Bar redevelopment. Many shops and eateries are ever-present in this part of the city, with the nearby Elephant and Castle restaurant coming highly recommended.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 to 18:00, Sunday 14:00 to 18:00