The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle deserves a mention in its own right and is widely acclaimed as one of the best in museums in Europe. It’s vast array of treasures are gathered from across the old world and celebrate the diversity of world cultures and religions.
The collection of modern and contemporary art includes masterpieces by Manet, Monet and Degas and many other national and international artists.
The Hugh Lane Gallery is located at the north of Parnell Square, 5 minutes stroll from the top of O’Connell Street.
The entrance to the National Gallery of Ireland is on Clare St, just around the corner from Merrion Square. The permanent collection includes 12,000 Irish and European works from the 13th to 20th century. The National Gallery hosts a calendar of exhibitions throughout the year.
The National Museum of Ireland is split between four locations:
Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Includes incredible artefacts from Neolithic Ireland through mediaeval and post-Viking eras. The National Museum collection includes items from ancient Egypt and Roman civiliation.
Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 8
Charting Ireland's economic, social, political and military progress over three centuries. Catch the Red Luas or use the Hop On, Hop Off sightseeing tour bus to get to Collins Barracks.
Natural History, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
With over 2 million specimens from across the globe, the Natural History museum demonstrates the diversity of life. Highlights include the Irish animals exhibition including giant elk skeleton and the Discovery Zone.
Country Life, Co. Mayo
The Museum of Country Life is in Castlebar on the west coast of Ireland.
The Science Gallery doesn’t have a permanent collection so there is always something new to see. Exhibitions range from Strange Weather to the science of fat, even why flinch at the sight of blood. Please visit the Science Gallery website for details of current exhibition and opening times.
Just situated across the way from Trinity College, the Irish Whiskey Museum tells the story of Irish Whiskey from is origins to revival. The tour even gives a sample tasting session of some of Ireland's finest whiskeys. Afterwards why not relax in the Cafe Bar while taking in the elegance of Trinity College.
"The award winning 'Little Museum of Dublin' is located only 2km from Ballsbridge in the up-market St. Stephen's Green district of Dublin. It tells the story of the Irish capital throughout the twentieth century and is set in a fine eighteenth century Georgian townhouse. It is one of Dublin's hidden gems and has been described on Tripadvisor as "a 'must-see' for any visitor to Dublin.