The Hunt Museum is located on Rutland Street. It is located in the former Customs House, designed by architect Davis Ducart. The building dates from 1769. The headquarters of Limerick Corporation were located in the old Town Hall on the street. Limerick Corporation moved to Merchant's Quay near the City Courthouse in 1990. This then became the Mid West Business Institute before it moved to Upper William Street.
Once a very busy & thriving commercial centre, the past decade saw a steady decline in the economic prospects of the street which accelerated rapidly towards the end of the decade. All of the east facing side of the street was earmarked to be part of the Opera Centre which was a massive retail development to be built on a derelict site to the rear of the street. The development did not proceed due to the Irish financial crisis of 2008 onwards and has left the street empty of any business, retail or commercial activity along with its adjoining streets. The street has become characterised by dereliction & economic depression. Some of the city's earliest Georgian townhouses are now in real danger of dereliction and being lost completely.