Art is in the air here - breathe it in and make sure you get to look around the whole museum
An art collection of unimaginable value
Whether you’re interested in art or not, the National Gallery of Ireland – which, surprisingly, is free entry – has to be on your list of places to visit during your stay in Dublin. Its assets have grown so much since it opened in 1864 that the building which houses the exhibitions has actually had to be extended three times, as there was no other way to store the vast quantity of artworks that have been donated and purchased. Its exceptional collection contains some of the finest paintings in history, from the Middle Ages to the last century; not only art from Ireland – for which there is a special designated section – but from all over Europe. So you’ll find the great works of Rembrandt, Monet, Caravaggio or Van Gogh, not forgetting a section dedicated to the Spanish maestros Velazquez, Goya and Picasso. The museum’s holdings include some pieces of furniture, other objects of the ages and sculptures, but most important of all are the 10,000 drawings and prints and 2,500 oil paintings which make up a total collection of 14,000 works of art.