Museum Are Welcoming You Back!


The health and safety of visitors and staff is of paramount importance to and as such, the National Museum of Ireland is re-opening on a phased basis.
The NMI – Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, Dublin 7 and the NMI – Country Life at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, re-opened to visitors on the 29th June. On Monday, 20 July, they will re-open NMI – Archaeology at Kildare Street, Dublin 2, and NMI – Natural History at Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

This phased reopening will ensure we can accommodate a safe and enjoyable return of visitors to our Museum sites.

Opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday to Monday 1pm to 5pm. Admission is free to all sites. The Museum café (takeaway only) and shop will be open during Museum opening hours.

Some steps they are taking to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible:

  • Visitor safety guidelines are in place at all of public sites.
  • Front of house staff have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19.
  • Physical distancing provisions are in place at all the public sites.
  • Hand sanitising stations are available for visitors and staff.
  • They have further increased our rigorous cleaning regimes.
  • They will be managing visitor numbers in line with public health and safety guidelines.
  • Some galleries/areas may be temporarily closed where physical distancing cannot be implemented.
  • They will ask visitors to adhere to maximum capacity guidelines at some galleries/areas to facilitate physical distancing.
  • Cloakroom services will be unavailable so please do not bring motorcycle helmets, suitcases or large bags into the exhibition galleries.

Before your visit… National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History or National Museum of Ireland – Country Life; Plan your visit and find out more about the Museum at, where you can Download the new visitor guidefloorplan or an activity sheet for younger visitors. And see some top things to do at the Museum. 

Not able to visit us yet? They have lots of resources available online which you can enjoy at home. Visit the Museum at Home section of website to access these resources.




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