National Museums


You don't know what to do today ? Do you want to learn more about Irish History and Culture ? Here is a list of the Museum that you can find in Dublin

National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland has 4 sites, 3 in Co. Dublin, and one in Co. Mayo.

+353 1 6777444

The National Museum of Ireland opened its doors in 1890 and has since transported visitors as early as 7,000 years BC. The National Museum of Ireland is devoted to Irish archaeology and history, decorative arts and natural history. it contains important archaeological collections from the different Viking, Celtic and medieval periods of Ireland, as well as decorative arts, the Irish way of life since 1850 and natural history exhibitions that show the true diversity of Ireland. Free Admission.

Opening hours 

Sunday & Monday: 1pm - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday : 10am - 5pm

The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Road, Dublin 8

+353 16129900

The Museum of Irish Modern Art opened in May 1991 and quickly established its important presence on the international art scene. It offers dynamic exhibitions and educational programs that are designed to create fun and challenging experiences of modern art for you. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Free Admission (except some of the exhibition)

Opening Hours: 
Tues – Friday: 11.30  – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5.30pm
(Last Admission 5.15pm)

Dublin Writers Museum

Dublin Writers Museum

18 Parnell Square,  Dublin 1, Irland

+353 18722077

The Irish literary tradition is one of the most famous in the world, with four Nobel Prize winners and for many other writers of international renown. In 1991, the Dublin Writers Museum was opened to house a history and celebration of literary Dublin. A complete exhibition on Irish literary heritage is waiting for you in this museum. Many testimonies, as well as objects that belonged to the writers, you will discover what made the talent and success of the famous Irish Writters such as Samuel Beckett or Oscar Wild.Tours available in English, German, Italian, Deutch, Spanish & French.

Mond -Sat : 9:45 am to 4:45 pm
Sunday : 11 am to 4:30 pm

Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

+353 1 453 5984

Find out what it would have been like to be imprisoned in this Irish "bastion of punishment and correction" between 1796, when it opened, and 1924, when it closed its doors. A guided tour of Kilmainham Prison (Kilmainham Gaol, in Irish), one of the largest unoccupied prisons in Europe, provides an overview of recent Irish political history and the Irish rebellion. Prison reveals a lot. This is a popular excursion: you can't buy your tickets in advance, they are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's a good idea to arrive early.

Opening Hours

October – March : 9:30 – 17:30    (last admission at 16:15)              April & May 9:00 – 18:00                   (LA at 16:45)
June, July & August 9:00 – 19:00 (LA at 17:45)
September 9:00 – 18:00 (LA at 16:45)

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Guinness Storehouse

Market Street | St James Gate, Dublin D8, Irlande

+353 1 408 4800

Located in the St. James' Gate brewery, Guinness Storehouse is an iconic Dublin museum and Ireland's number one tourist attraction. Discover the whole process, from the creation of the recipe, to the production, then the sale with the story of the famous Beer known worldwide.

Everyday : from 9:30am - 7pm        (Last admission is at 5pm)

July and August  : 9am - 8pm (LA at 6pm)

Prices can varied according to the hours and the days. 

Adult & Student : From €18.50 Child: €16 (Under 13y is free)

The Old Jameson Distillery

The Old Jameson Distillery

Bow Street,  Smithfield Village, Dublin 7 

+353 1 807 2355

Re-live the story of John Jameson Son through the history, the atmosphere and above all the taste. You will discover the time honoured secret of how three simple ingredients- water, barley and yeast – are transformed into the smooth golden spirit that has always been and continues to be Jameson Irish Whiskey.After the Tour, all visitors are rewarded with a Jameson signature drink and lucky volunteers are selected to participate in a tutored whiskey comparison and earn a much coveted personalised Whiskey Taster Certificate.

Opening Hours :

  • Monday & Thursday & Friday : 10 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday : 10 am to 7:30 pm
  • Sunday & Tuesday & Wednesday : 10 am to 6.30 pm
Garda Siochana Museum

Dame St,  Dublin Castle              Dublin D2, Irlande

+353 1 645 8813 

The Garda Síochána Museum is the museum of the Republic of Ireland’s national police force. It is located in Dublin Castle. The museum contains a vast amount of both archival and artefactual material, relating not only to the Garda Síochána, but also to the Irish Constabulary, The Royal Irish Constabulary, The Dublin Police, and The Dublin Metropolitian Police. Find more information about the Garda’s history here.

Open: Monday – Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9:45 – 17:45

(last admission 17:15)

Closed: 25th, 26th & 27th December, and 1st January


St Joseph's Ave, Ballybough, Dublin Crok Park

+353 1 819 2323

The Gaelic Athletic Association Museum was established to commemorate, recognise and celebrate the GAA’s enormous contribution to Irish sporting, cultural and social life since its foundation in 1884. Located in Croke Park, GAA headquarters, the museum is open daily throughout the year.The GAA Museum, situated under the Cusack Stand in Croke Park, was first opened in September 1998 by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. 

Jan. to May & Sept. to December

Mond - Sat 09.30 - 17.00

Sunday & Bank Hol 10.30 - 17.00

June to August

Mond - Sat 09.30 - 18.00

Sunday &Bank Hol 09.30 - 17.00

€7 for Adults / €6 for Students &


€5 for Children

The National Library of Ireland

Merrion Square WestDublin 2, Ireland

+ 353 1 661 5133

The National Gallery of Ireland (in Irish: Ghailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann) houses the national collection of Irish and European art. Founded in 1854 in Dublin, it opened its doors ten years later. Le Caravage, Goya, Poussin, Titian, Rembrandt, Louis le Brocquy... The site also houses many Irish works from the 17th to the 20th century, including a series of rooms dedicated to Jack Yeats' paintings, as well as other works from Italian Baroque or Dutch masters. Free entrance!

Opening hoursMonday & Sunday: 11.00 - 17.30Tuesday - Saturday: 9.15 - 17.30Thursday: 9.15 - 20.30

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The National Wax  Museum  Plus

22 -25 Westmoreland Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Irland

+353 1 16718373

The National Wax Museum Plus is one of Dublin's most popular attractions, ideal for a family outing! Located in the heart of the Temple Bar district, this museum offers an exciting interactive experience. Visitors take a journey through Irish culture represented by its most famous (wax) characters, from writers to heroes of famous films. Go to the Green Room and meet your favorite Hollywood star.... A visit to the National Wax Museum promises exciting moments for everyone

Monday to Sunday : 10am –10pm

(Last admission 9.00pm)

€15 for Adults, €10 for Children

The National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland

Kildare Street,                                  Dublin 2, Irlande

+353 1 603 02 00

The National Library of Ireland was designed in a classical style by the Cork-born architect, Thomas Deane. The purpose-built library building was opened in 1890.The Library building is itself in many respects a national treasure. It is spacious in design and rich in texture, with fine craftsmanship in masonry, marble, hardwoods and glass.

There are different rooms to visit in the National Library, they are not always open at the same time and depending on the day. Thus, if you want to visit it : Check the opening hours in here.

Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

+353 1 407 0750

An art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library’s exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002. Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights of the collection.

Tuesd to Friday 10am–5 pm Saturday:  11am–5pm                Sunday  1pm–5pm

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