Visiting the Museum of Modern Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Military Road, Co Dublin

Ireland’s leading collection of contemporary and modern art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) opened in the 1990s and has since played a leading role in promoting art awareness and appreciation. Between the museum and the national programmes that are organised through it, the IMMA attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year.

The museum’s permanent collection focuses on Irish artists and features roughly 3,500 works of art. However, the temporary exhibits take a much broader approach to modern art and include work from all over the world. Visit the IMMA Exhibitions page to see what’s on while you’re visiting.

Public tours of the collection are offered from Tuesday to Friday and again on Sunday at 2:30 pm. On Saturdays, tours run at noon and 4 pm. These general tours are free and open to the public. More in-depth guided tours of specific instalments can be booked by appointment. 
There’s a gift shop on the ground floor where visitors can pick up books, prints and other materials related to the IMMA collection. 

Building and Grounds

The museum is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainhem, which is arguably the finest remaining building from its era. The hospital was built in 1684 by the Duke of Ormonde, James Butler. The building was modelled after Les Invalides in Paris and features a prominent façade and a well-manicured courtyard. For its first two and a half centuries, the building housed retired soldiers. The Royal Hospital Kilmainhem was restored in the 1980s and converted to the IMMA a few years later. Get a sneak peek at the IMMA collections by taking a virtual tour on the museum website.

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