One of the most interesting and informative things to do in Dublin, the National Museum of Ireland is a must see. Originally the oldest army barracks in Europe, the buildings were re-opened in 1997 with a new purpose as the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History.
The barracks and central square are named after Michael Collins, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army, who was killed at Béal na Bláth, Co. Cork four months before the barracks was surrendered to the Free State Army. General Richard Mulcahy, who formally accepted the handover, immediately named the site after Collins.
At Collins Barracks there is so many things to see and do. You will find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, and detailed exhibitions exploring Irish military history from 1550 to the 21st century, including an exciting and informative exhibition detailing the events leading up to, during and after the 1916 Easter Rising. In the museum you will also find one of the largest collections of silver in the world (unfortunately you can’t take any) as well as exhibitions showing the development of fashion in Ireland from the 1700s onward and Dublin’s very own Asian Art collection.
Address: Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7
Tel: +353 1 6777444
Hop off the CityScape Tour at: Stop 5 Wolfe Tone Quay (see Route Map)