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Museum Building

Photo: Patrick Wyse Jackson

Museum Building

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Saturday 13 October, 10.00am – 12.00pm

The Museum Building has been described as the finest Victorian building in Dublin. Designed by Sir Thomas Deane, Benjamin Woodward and Thomas Newenhamn Deane it originally housed two museums and several lecture theatres. The exterior is constructed of Leinster Granite from Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow with Portland Limestone used around windows, balconies, and for stringcourses. The polychromatic hallway in this iconic building contains a range of beautiful decorative stone from Ireland and abroad, while both the interior and exterior are decorated with exquisite naturalistic carvings of Irish plants and animals executed by the O'Shea Brothers and their nephew Edward Whelan. This Central hallway will be available for guided tours.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers.

Designed by: Deane, Woodward and Deane
Building Date: 1852-57
Location: Trinity College, 1 Grafton St, College Green, Dublin 2

People like you make Open House Dublin possible!

Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture.

The IAF presents Open House Dublin each year as just one part of a rich and unique offering. Our year-round programme includes exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops. You can help to secure our future by becoming an IAF member, or simply by donating directly.

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Members enjoy perks which include: beating the OHD queues, private tours, partner discounts; and limited-edition IAF publications and prints. Architects can also claim structured CPD at all IAF events.