National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History

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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann - Na hEalaíona Maisiúla ⁊ Stair
Facade of the former Collins Barracks with museum signage in the foreground.
Entrance to the museum
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History is located in Central Dublin
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
Location of the museum in Dublin
Established18 September 1997 (18 September 1997)
LocationCollins Barracks
Benburb Street
Dublin 7, D07 XKV4,
Ireland
Coordinates53°20′54″N 6°17′09″W / 53.348367°N 6.28581°W / 53.348367; -6.28581
TypeNational museum
Collection size150,000 items
Visitors313,790 (2009)[1]
Public transit accessMuseum Luas station Luas
Dublin Bus routes: 25, 25a, 66, 67
Websitemuseum.ie/en/intro/arts-and-history.aspx
National Museum of Ireland network

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History (Irish: Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann - Na hEalaíona Maisiúla ⁊ Stair) is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland located at the former Collins Barracks in the Arbour Hill area of Dublin, Ireland.

The site, opened in 1997, also holds the Museum's administrative centre, a shop and a coffee shop.

This section has displays of furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware, as well as examples of folk life and costume, and money and weapons. The "Soldiers & Chiefs" exhibition features military artifacts and memorabilia tracing Ireland's military history from 1550 to the present. Other permanent exhibitions include ones on Irish coins and currency, silverware, furniture, the designer Eileen Gray, Asian art, "Curator's Choice" (including a Chinese porcelain vase from about 1300 AD, the Fonthill vase), folklife and costumes, ceramics, and glassware.[2]

Included are artifacts such as Etruscan vases, gauntlets worn by King William at the Battle of the Boyne, a life belt and oar salvaged from the wreck of the RMS Lusitania and a pocket book carried by Wolfe Tone whilst imprisoned in the Barracks.

Special exhibitions are mounted regularly; in summer 2007, for example, replicas of six Irish High Crosses that were subsequently shown internationally.

Preceding station   Luas   Following station
Smithfield
towards Connolly or The Point
  Red Line   Heuston
towards Tallaght

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2010-11-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Current Exhibitions", NMI