Collins Barracks Museum Events

The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts And History is housed in Collins Barracks Museum in Dublin. It is home to a wide range of objects, which include weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; as well as examples of Folklife and costume.

Collins Barracks (The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts And History) – Events

See Calendar of Events for details of temporary exhibitions and ongoing programme of events for your family.

Collins Barracks My Museum Family Programme

The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour.

Collins Barracks Activity Area

The Activity Area, situated between the Out of Storage and Irish Silver galleries on the first floor of the Museum, is a resource for families and children. You are welcome to drop by and try out a range of activities, which focus on a different gallery or theme every couple of weeks and are suitable for children from four years old and upwards.
Activities are free and don’t need to be booked, which means you can stay for as long or as short a time as you like.

Collins Barracks Admission and Opening Hours

Admission to the Museum is free

Opening hours:-

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Thursdays (during July, August & September) 10am-8pm
Sunday and Monday 1pm – 5pm
Christmas Eve 10am – 12pm
Closed Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day and Good Friday

Collins Barracks Museum Cafe

Please note the café is temporarily closed for refurbishments- but Good Vibrations coffee truck is open Wednesday to Sunday

Directions To Collins Barracks In Dublin

On Foot

Collins Barracks is based on the north side of the River Liffey. It is  approximately 20 minutes walk west from O’Connell Bridge in Dublin’s city centre.


  • 30 minutes walk from O’Connell Street
  • 45 minutes walk from Grafton Street
  • Five minutes walk from Smithfield, Heuston Station or Phoenix Park

Public Transport

  • Bus: 90 (Aston Quay), 25, 25A, 66, 67 (Wellington Quay)
  • Luas: Red line Luas (tram) – dedicated ‘Museum’ stop

By Car

  • Paid parking is available on site

Alternative Transport

  • Dublin City ‘Hop on Hop Off’ Bus Tours, have a drop off and pick up stop at our three sites in Dublin
  • Museum Link (172) operated by Dublin Bus has a drop off and pick up stop at the three Dublin sites