Collins Barracks (Irish: Dún Uí Choileáin) is a former military barracks in the Arbour Hill area of Dublin, Ireland. The buildings now house the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History.
Previously housing both British Armed Forces and Irish Army garrisons through three centuries, the barracks were the oldest continuously occupied example in the world. Built in 1702, and further extended in the late 18th century and 19th century, the complex's main buildings are neo-classical in style. Originally called simply The Barracks, and later The Royal Barracks, the name was changed in 1922 by the Irish Free State to "Collins Barracks", in honour of Michael Collins, who had been killed earlier that year. Since 1997 the barracks have been home to collections of the National Museum of Ireland (for Decorative Arts and History exhibits), and the original structures have seen some award winning redevelopment and conservation work to support this new role.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||2:00 – 5:00 PM|
Mark Langton | Feb 19, 2018
I had higher hopes for this, was here a number of years ago and had better experience then. The flow of the military history part was piecemeal, lacking in overall structure - in a way reflective of Irish military engagement, poorly organised. It closed at 17.00 which I thought quite early too. Could have had more about military from viking times onwards - Normans etc.
Paul Matthews | Feb 14, 2018
Excellent museum right on the Luas line. Great exhibits and cafe. Well worth a visit and of course it is free entry. Highly recommended.
stephen murray | Feb 4, 2018
Nice cafe Brambles. I was here for 10th birthday of my kid's time company, and it had room available for event hire. Lego was built and costumes were worn! Limited amount of pay and display parking available too.
Rahulan Rathinam | Dec 4, 2017
Too good to be free! It is amazing and my son had a great time. No crowd and very interactive. Keeps you busy and interested for an hour or two. It is a must visit if you have kids.
Dylan Ryan | Feb 13, 2018
Excellent, spent 3 hrs there today and didn’t se half of the collection, we just saw the military exhibitions today, will do the arts another day, we’ll worth the visit
Erik van der Velden | Mar 8, 2018
I am not really into military stuff and actually also not that interested in history. But this museum had some nice stuff. A bit of an eclectic collection which I liked. But also old furniture and clothes, which I liked less. The eileen gray exhibit was very interesting. The museum attendant have gave a lot of extra information, which was very nice.
karen botha | Mar 21, 2018
My baby and I joined the mum and baby guided tour of the museum. It's was delightful. The guide was lovely with children and delivered the information in a way that was both informative to the adults and inclusive of the children of different ages.
Ruairi O Dulaing | Mar 23, 2018
Excellent 1916 Exhibition with amazing and poignant artefacts. Beautifully put together. A must see part of Ireland's history.
Cloé Berardo | Apr 6, 2018
Recommended, great collections and lots of stories to learn. It's big, so don't go if you are short of time. Entrance is free.
Sharon Grant | Apr 6, 2018
This is a very interesting place to visit for teens to elderly although the building is ♿ accessible the restaurant is not a bit of a disappointment but fantastic day out highly recommend it
Caitriona O'Connor | Apr 15, 2018
What a fantastic surprise this place is. Filled with amazing history appreciation and wonderful crafts. Could easily spend your day wandering around. Free entry too. Excellent. Recommend without hesitation.
sarah french | Apr 9, 2018
The museum needs a complete redesign. Atrocious. If viewed from my expert eye.dirty. confusing and border line ridiculous. Some objects aren't irish. Some objects are tat. Tarnishing the exquisite. No guides . You can't say self guided but you can say get lost. Weird energy.
Terri Connolly | May 4, 2018
National Museum in Dublin a fantastic day out for people of all ages. It houses an Arts and history museum with fun things for children to do and its free which is an added bonus. Well worth a visit as you won't be disappointed.
Noemí Merino Trenchs | Apr 25, 2018
It's a beautiful museum and its workers are agreeable and sympathetic. The expositions are very interesting, but there is an exposition that I'm scared, only remember it. Because there are many mannequins and it reminds me one chapter of Dr. Who.
Roman Battaglia | Jul 16, 2018
There was a lot of cool exhibits at this museum. I would recommend it the most out the the three national museums in Dublin. Not a lot of interactivity though, some of the rooms were just a bunch of artifacts in glass displays, pretty uninteresting. The war section was very interesting and I enjoyed the furniture section too, the furniture from different eras is laid out like it would be, pretty cool. Definitely worth a visit while in Dublin.
Sarah Bowler | Jul 13, 2018
Seemingly endless maze of displays and collections! AMAZING! You could spend hours in here. Even the building itself is a historic.
Tony van der Mout | Jul 11, 2018
A very good overview of Irish history. For tourists it is amazing to see a 'third' perspective on your own history as the Irish were so influential
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