The Irish Museum of Modern Art or “IMMA”, is Ireland’s leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. Attracting over 400,000 visitors a year, the Museum is Ireland’s most important collection of modern and contemporary Irish art and is housed in the elegant Royal Hospital at Kilmainham, recognised as the finest 17th Century building in Ireland.
The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was designed by the talented William Robinson (who also designed Marsh’s Library), and was built between 1680 and 1687 as a home for retired soldiers. It continued in that use until 1928, the building was then left to languish for over 50 years. The building was eventually restored by the government in 1984 and made into the popular tourist attraction it is today in 1991.
The Museum presents a wonderfully wide-ranging combination of old and new exhibitions, which regularly include works from contemporary Irish artists as Louis Le Brocquy, Sean Scully, Barry Flanagan, Kathy Prendergrass and Dorothy Cross as well as paintings from artistic giants Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.
Address: Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Tue & Thu-Sat: 10am-5.30pm
Sun: 12 p.m – 5.30pm
Hop off the CityScape Tour at: Stop 28 Military Road (see Route Map)