Dublin Art Galleries

Couple looking at paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is home to a collection of Irish and European art, covering all major schools. Offering free access to their permanent collection, a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland can be a rewarding experience, without any cost. Planning a visit? Don’t hesitate to check out their offer of guided tours or take a virtual tour to prepare for your visit. The National Gallery of Ireland is located less than 15 minutes’ walk from the Arthaus Hotel.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery

Located at the south end of Grafton Street and beside St. Stephen’s Green Park, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre offers a sanctuary for shopping enthusiasts. Its beautiful interiors combined with its shops, offering anything from clothing, accessories and food to exceptional items like Irish Knitwear provide a unique and relaxed shopping experience. This shopping centre has something for everyone. Art lovers will find the Green Gallery on the top floor especially intriguing.

Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane

Open Tuesday to Sunday the Hugh Lane Gallery is a Dublin Gallery with a great history and amazing exhibitions. Boasting permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions, the gallery focuses on both Irish and international artists. One of their most intriguing permanent exhibitions includes the studio of Francis Bacon, which was carefully relocated from London with all of its content, resulting in a never seen before comprehensive database of the entire contents of a world famous artistst’s studio. Ever dreamed about visiting a famous artist’s studio? Now you can do it and only a short walk or drive away from Arthaus Hotel.

The Royal Hibernian Academy

Founded in 1923, the RHA is one of Ireland’s main public art galleries hosting exhibitions of Irish and International artists. The RHA is one of the country's oldest ``artist-led visual arts institutions’’. Website: https://rhagallery.ie/

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Home of the National collection of modern and contemporary art the museum’s magnificent building was first opened in 1684 as a home for retired soldiers housing up to 2,500 people at one point. There is also a stunning garden, a graveyard and a series of sculptures on the site grounds. Website: https://imma.ie/

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

The former military barracks is home to two fascinating collections:  Decorative arts which include silver, ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing, jewellery and coins while the military history collection tells Ireland’s military and revolutionary past showcasing, uniforms, weapons, aeroplanes and tanks. Admission is free. Website: https://www.museum.ie/

Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty collection is undoubtedly a hidden gem in the city's heart. Located on the grounds of Dublin Castle gardens the gallery holds very interesting collections that include European and Japanese prints, manuscripts, rare books and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Admission is free. Website: https://chesterbeatty.ie/

Old Library & The Book of Kells – Trinity College

One of the greatest libraries in the world the Old Library of Trinity College Dublin houses one of the most precious books in history which is the 1,200 years old Book o Kells. The €18 ticket gives access to both the Book of Kells exhibition and the stunning library ‘’Long Hall’’, where a book collection of more than 400 years old rest on tall shelves spread around the 2 floors. Sculptures and other objects are also part of the permanent exhibition. Website: https://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/