Explorer For Families

Irish Museum of Modern Art family programme, Explorer, welcomes children and adults to experience art works and artmaking, together on Sunday afternoons, in the company of two of IMMA’s gallery staff, the Mediators.

Families are invited to visit IMMA at any time during opening hours. Families can visit the exhibitions, use art materials in the Response Room, take part in the IMMA TRAIL or explore the grounds and history of the Royal Hospital.

IMMA Art Trail
An Art Trail featuring outdoor works from the IMMA Collection is available to pick up in the galleries.


Explorer For Families

  • Free and drop-in
  • On Sundays between 14.00 to 16.00
  • Explorer runs from January to May and October to December
  • The maximum number of participants is 35 (adults and children), so arriving early is advised
  • Projects are designed for children aged 4 to 10 years old
  • Project themes are repeated over four consecutive Sundays


For further information about Explorer please contact Seamus McCormack, Assistant Curator: Children’s Programmes, email: [email protected] or contact the information desk email: [email protected]



A space dedicated to young people at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Drop-in anytime from 10.00 – 17.00 every Saturday from January – May
(excluding Bank and Public Holiday weekends)

  • What is Studio 8

Studio 8 is a space at IMMA dedicated to young people, aged 15-18 years old. It is a space where young people can think about, discuss and make art work, all in their own time.

Each Saturday, a different aspect of IMMA’s exhibitions and programmes is experienced and discussed. This allows an opportunity for dialogue and response which can be used creatively within the studio space.

It is a space for young people to meet new people with similar interests, a space to relax and enjoy some time for themselves. It is an opportunity to see what IMMA does, to discuss ideas and to create pieces of art work in an open, friendly environment.

Studio 8 is facilitated by artists and mediators (IMMA’s gallery staff). It is free of charge and basic art materials are provided.

No booking is required and there is no need to attend every week. Lynn McGrane is the coordinator of the  workshop.


Irish Museum of Modern Art Response Room

During your visit to IMMA, drop into the Response Room. Tell us about your experience of the artworks on exhibition, draw or write on a Respose Card and pop it into the special post box. Make an artwork with the materials in the room (pencils, markers, paper and fabric) or have a look at what other visitors have pinned on the display boards in response to their experiences at IMMA. Children are welcome to use the materials and to desplay their artwork


Irish Museum Of Modern Art Opening Hours

  • Tuesday – Saturday  10.00 – 17.30
  •  Except Wednesday  10.30 – 17.30
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon – 17.30
  • Monday, Good Friday, 24 – 26 December: Closed
  • Last Admission 17.00


Formal Gardens

Open Museum hours


Café itsa@imma

A visit to the Irish Museum of Modern Art is not complete without a visit to its café, itsa…IMMA, where delicious homemade food and great service go hand in hand.

In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, enjoy our freshly baked buttermilk scones or toasted bagel for breakfast, our delicious creamy fish pie or range of freshly prepared sandwiches for lunch and perhaps a homemade cookie or slice of lemon tart in the afternoon. 

  • Monday 10.00 – 15.00
  • Tuesday – Saturday : 10.00 – 17.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays : 12noon – 17.00


Irish Museum Of Modern Art Directions

By bus

Buses to Heuston Station (5 minutes walk via Military Rd): 26 from Wellington Quay; 51, 79 from Aston Quay; 90 Dart Feeder Bus from Connolly and Tara Street Stations to Heuston Station.
Buses to James St (5 minutes walk via steps to Bow Lane onto Irwin St and Military Rd): 123 from O’Connell St/Dame St; 51B, 78A from Aston Quay.

By car:

10 minute drive from city centre. Unlimited free car parking.

On foot

Approximately 30 to 40 minutes from city centre.

By train

5 minute walk from Heuston Station; from Connolly and Tara Street Stations by 90 bus to Heuston Station

By Luas

Red line to Heuston Station, 5 minute walk to Museum entrance on Military Road.