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Art in Dublin | Museum & Gallery Recommendations

Art in Dublin

Dublin offers a wonderful variety of galleries and museums for visitors keen on viewing art. Whether your preference is ancient manuscripts or modern photography – the art in Dublin  suit all tastes. We have put together a selection of some of the museums and galleries that we recommend to guests of our Dublin guesthouse, but it is by no means a complete list.


Located at Dublin Castle (in Dublin 2) the Chester Beatty Library has been described by the Lonely Planet as “not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe.” The current temporary exhibition, Costumes Parisiens, Fashion plates from 1912-1914, runs until the 30th of March 2014. Plus, the permanent collection has one of the finest collections of books and manuscripts made by a collector in the 20th century.  There are also many events happening at the library throughout the week from talks to tours and workshops.

It has free admission and you can find out more about upcoming exhibitions and their permanent collection on their website: www.cbl.ie


Also in Dublin 2, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place – has ongoing exhibitions of Irish artists. The Dorothy Cross exhibit, Connemara, goes live on the 13th March until the 27 April. Another fantastic exhibit with the works of James Hanly will also be on display during the same period.

Coppa Café in the museum has soups, sandwiches and salads along with excellent coffee. For more go to their website: www.rhagallery.ie


The National Gallery is located on Merrion Square West, (Dublin 2) and this year is celebrating 150 Years since it opened.  Having opened in 1854, it houses over 15, 000 works of art. It also has free admission and it is open 361 days a year.  While it has an amazing collection including works by Goya, Caravaggio, Breton and Canova it is also is the home of “Ireland’s Favourite Painting” – Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on  the Turret Stairs– Frederic William Burton (1816-1900). One of our colleagues Ewa is an Honours Degree Student of Art History and volunteers for the National Gallery as a guide. She is a wealth of knowledge about the Gallery and its exhibitions, which is a great asset to us here. Our Dublin Guesthouse is within walking distance of The National Gallery and so it is a very popular tourist attraction for our guests.

For more information on their collections and exhibits, go to their website:  www.nationalgallery.ie .




Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (Dublin 1) has a collection of over 2000 works of contemporary art including pieces by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas among others.  However, the most impressive thing at this gallery is Francis Bacon’s London studio which was re-located to the museum and meticulously re-created. Never before has an artist’s studio been so thoroughly catalogued and re-constructed. We thoroughly recommend a visit to the Dublin City Gallery to all patrons of our Dublin guesthouse.

Visit www.hughlane.ie for more about the exhibitions and their collection.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art, located at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham (Dublin 8) has several exhibitions on right now – most importantly the work of Patrick Scott: Image Space Light. Scott passed away days s before the exhibit opened and he was a key contemporary Irish artist. This exhibit is up until the 18th of May, admission €5. It is also on at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow during the same period, admission free. For more information on this exhibit and others, visit www.imma.ie


Following a busy day visiting the Galleries of Dublin, our Afternoon Tea awaits in the Drawing Room of our Dublin Guesthouse!

The Ariel House Team
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