National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Dublin City
The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks was opened in 1997 and is housed in former army barracks. At this museum you'll find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewelry, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.
The 1916 Rising exhibition examines the decade of disturbance between 1913 and 1923, from the Dublin Lockout, through the Easter Rising to the end of the Civil War.
Broken down into three themes, the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition looks at Irish soldiers at home, Irish soldiers abroad, and Irish soldiers in the 21st Century. This exhibition traces Ireland’s military history from 1550 into the 21st Century and on display are over 1,000 objects from all over the world. It is on permanent display over eight galleries, covering 1,700sqm in Collins Barracks.
The Irish Silver Collection is one of the largest in the world and this exhibition traces the development of the silversmith’s craft from the early 17th Century to the present day.
The Way We Wore exhibition displays stylish clothing and jewelry worn in Ireland principally from the 1760’s to the 1960’s. This is an eye-opening look at Irish fashion through the ages, showing how new clothing technology and European influences affected what people wore.
Not to be missed in Collins Barracks is the magnificent Irish High Crosses. This temporary exhibition contains six 100 year old plaster-of-Paris casts with the West Cross from Monasterboice as a centerpiece standing at 6.5 m (21 ft) high.
Visitor Facilities include: Car Park, cloakroom, toilets, café, and gift shop. All galleries in Collins Barracks are fully accessible. The site has 4 lifts, located in the main reception area, in the east corner servicing floors one to three of the decorative arts section of the museum. There are two lifts in the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition
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