National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Architectural historian Aoife Marie Buckley has created a digital guide through the history of the four buildings of the National Gallery of Ireland. This online “Through a Lens” tour for Open House Dublin 2020 will enhance your knowledge of the Gallery’s architecture and can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere on the Gallery website.

This tour will draw from over 150 years of architectural history and highlight some of the unique, beautiful, and fascinating architectural features that make the Gallery buildings extraordinary.

Click HERE to view!

  • Suitable for ages 5+
  • Guardian required to attend online and onsite

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National Gallery of Ireland

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National Gallery of Ireland Merrion Square West Dublin D02 K303

The National Gallery of Ireland houses the nations art collection and boasts four distinctive wings from broad architectural time periods. The beautifully transformed spaces in the Dargan and Milltown Wings are the result of a multimillion-euro refurbishment project that has been carried out by the Office of Public Works’ Project Management Services, with architects Heneghan Peng as the Design Team Leaders. The project was co-funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Office of Public Works. Original 19th Century architectural features and spaces are revealed and majestic windows now open onto a spacious light-filled courtyard created by Heneghen Peng. This new courtyard dramatically enhances visitors’ orientation between the historic Dargan and Milltown wings. It is also the site for a dramatic sculpture, Magnus Modus, by Joseph Walsh. Nominated for European Museum of the Year in 2018, and winner of the RIAI Culture-Public Building award in 2018, the Gallery continues its mission of serving the public in their enrichment and enjoyment of visual art.

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