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7 Museums and Galleries to Visit in Dublin for Free

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Dublin is known for some of its iconic premium attractions. The likes of the Guinness Storehouse or The Book of Kells are known throughout the world for the history and culture they hold within Ireland. However, Dublin also has some amazing attractions that are free to enter and visit whilst also getting the opportunity to experience history, art and science.  

Experience Dublin without having to pay a penny. All the attractions listed below are free admission to all.  

  1. National Museum of Ireland (Natural History): 

The Natural Museum has galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas, as well as geological exhibits from a total collection of about two million scientific specimens. It is affectionately called the ‘Dead Zoo’ amongst locals, and has preserved its charm from the Victorian period.  

  1. National Museum of Ireland (Decorative Arts & History - Collins Barracks): 

Collins Barracks is a former military barracks and is home to two fascinating and completely diverse decorative arts and history collections. Decorative arts encompass silver, ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing, jewelry and coins while the military history collection tells of Ireland’s military and revolutionary past. 

  1. National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology): 

The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland located on Kildare Street in Dublin, Ireland, that specialises in Irish and other antiquities dating from the Stone Age to the Late Middle Ages. 

  1. Hugh Lane Gallery: 

The Hugh Lane Gallery is an art museum committed to the care and public exhibition of its collection and to promoting an understanding, knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary art. 

  1. Irish Museum of Modern Art: 

The Irish Museum of Modern Art also known as IMMA, is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. 

  1. Chester Beatty Library: 

The Chester Beatty Library is a museum and library in Dublin. It was established in Ireland in 1950, to house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The museum is located on the grounds of another fascinating area, Dublin Castle.  

  1. Áras an Uachtaráin:  

Áras an Uachtaráin, formerly the Viceregal Lodge, is the official home and workplace for the President of Ireland. It is also the venue for the meetings of the Presidential Commission and the Council of State. Áras an Uachtaráin also houses the headquarters of the Gard Mounted Unit.