Collins Barracks

Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising is expected to be extremely popular for the first couple of months after opening. We recommend that members of the public visit on weekday afternoons if possible and try to avoid visiting during the Irish school holidays. Visitors may be asked to wait a short time before they can enter the new exhibition; in this event however the visitor can view the Museum’s other Exhibitions and Galleries or visit our award winning café.

Free Admission
Admission to all four sites of the National Museum of Ireland is free.

Things to See & Do

Find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.

Proclaiming A Republic: The 1916 Rising,
an exciting new exhibition opening 3rd March 2016 will explore the ideas, movements and personalities of early 20th century Ireland, the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916, the impact it had on the city and its citizens, and the Irish nation as a whole.
Broken down into three themes, the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition looks at Irish soldiers at home, Irish soldiers abroad, and Irish soldiers in the 21st Century.
This exhibition traces Ireland’s military history from 1550 into the 21st Century and on display are over 1,000 objects from all over the world. It is on permanent display over eight galleries, covering 1,700sqm in Collins Barracks.
The Irish Silver Collection is one of the largest in the world and this exhibition traces the development of the silversmith’s craft from the early 17th Century to the present day.
The Way We Wore exhibition displays stylish clothing and jewellery worn in Ireland principally from the 1760’s to the 1960’s. This is an eye-opening look at Irish fashion through the ages, showing how new clothing technology and European influences affected what people wore.

Art & Industry Collections
Explore approximately 150,000 artefacts reflecting Ireland’s heritage in the decorative arts, as well as political, military and social history.
The role of the Art & Industry division is to maintain Ireland’s heritage in the decorative arts, as well as its political, military and social history. Its primary aim is to promote a wider understanding of Ireland’s decorative arts, culture and historical heritage. Other responsibilities include promoting Ireland’s contribution to European decorative arts and an understanding of international cultural heritage. It is estimated that the Art & Industry collections consist of 150,000 objects.
You can find out more about the Collections housed in the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History under Art & Industry in the Collections area.

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