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The Decorative Arts and History Museum

The Museum is home to a wide range of objects, which include coins, weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; as well as examples of folklife and costume.

The Decorative Arts & History Museum is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland opened in 1997 at the former Collins Barracks.

The Museums exhibitions include the Great Seal of the Irish Free State which was used to seal official documents of the Irish Free State by the Governor-General, It  also includes artefacts such as a Chinese porcelain vase from about 1300 AD, the Fonthill vase, Etruscan vases, gauntlets worn by King William at Battle of the Boyne, a life belt and oar salvaged from the wreck of the RMS Lusitania, large medieval wooden sculptures and  delicate lace. 

 The Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition features military artefacts and memorabilia tracing Ireland's military history from 1550 to the present and includes
a pocket book carried by Wolfe Tone whilst imprisoned in the Barracks. Original artefacts, such as the Stokes Tapastry, letters, replicas and interactives show how soldiering and war have affected the lives of Irish people over the centuries

Special exhibitions are mounted regularly, for example, one of Irish High Crosses.

The Museum also holds the Museum's administrative offices, a shop and a cafe.


 Opening Hours:

 Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 2pm - 5pm
Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday


Admission is Free


The Museum of  Decorative Art and History is approx 30min walk from the Castle Hotel.  Alternatively you can take the Luas from Abbey Street (Red Line) and it will leave you outside the museum.


 The National Museum of Ireland
Museum of Decorative Arts & History
 Collins Barracks
Benburb Street
Dublin 7