The National Museum of Ireland has a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture, and natural history. It has three branches in
Dublin and one in County Mayo. The National Museum of Ireland was founded under the Dublin Science and Art Museum Act of 1877. Previously, the Museum’s collections had been divided between Leinster House, originally the headquarters of the Royal Dublin Society, and the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street, built as an extension to Leinster House in 1856-1857.
Under the Act, the government purchased the museum buildings and collections. To provide storage and display space for the Leinster House collections, the government quickly implemented plans to construct a new, custom-built museum on Kildare Street and on 29 August 1890, the new museum opened its doors to the public. The collections, archives and displays of the Irish Antiquities Division are housed mainly in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. This Division has a staff of eight, including a Keeper, five Assistant Keepers, Senior Technical Assistant and Clerical Officer.
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 2pm- 5pm
Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday