Cities with the kind of long and storied history that Dublin has are rare indeed – taking the time to explore the many Dublin museums and galleries is a great way to immerse yourself in that history and discover stories and people from every era of Ireland’s development. There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
Art lovers won’t be able to go past the incredible Dublin City Gallery or the Irish Museum of Modern Art, while the Dublin City Gallery and Dublinia will provide a wealth of information for those who crave more information about the history of the city.
The National Museum of Ireland comprises several different disciplines: natural history, archaeology, decorative arts and history, and country life (which serves as a reflection on traditional Irish life) are spread across its three separate branches. The home of history in Ireland, this is one stop for culture vultures that shouldn’t be missed.
The Dublin City Gallery, also known as the Hugh Lane Gallery, is home to an extensive permanent collection of Irish and international works. It also regularly features new exhibits by local contemporaries. Opened in 1908, this is one of the oldest modern art galleries in the world. It’s a historic spot and the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.
A living chronicle of the city’s history during the 20th century, the Little Museum of Dublin boasts three floors with over 5,000 artefacts donated by the public. This museum is a monument to how Dublin has repositioned itself as a true global city in the last hundred years. Try Hatch and Sons Irish Kitchen in the basement for breakfast or lunch – you won’t be disappointed.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is the most popular gallery of modern art in Ireland. Home to an extensive permanent collection, IMMA works hard to include a regular roster of exhibitions dedicated to works by local artists. The collection features more than 3,500 artworks with an emphasis on the recent past and the present.
Did you know that a significant part of Dublin’s history is that it was, at one point, a Viking settlement? If that piques your interest, make sure a visit to Dublinia is on your itinerary. The foremost home to artefacts and information on Dublin’s Viking period, this historical recreation museum is a must for ancient history buffs.
When thinking about theatres to visit in Dublin, there are two that leap readily to mind: the Gaiety Theatre on South King Street and the Abbey Theatre in North City. Historic theatres and home to some of the most important stage works of the last two centuries, these grand old buildings continue to mesmerise audiences with plays, musicals and other shows.