As the name of this branch of the National Museum of Ireland suggests, the collection tells the story of Irish (and world) history through fashion, jewelry, furniture, and other decorative arts, with the bulk of the collection spanning the 1760s to the 1960s. One gallery is devoted to the work of Eileen Gray (1878–1976), an Irish architect and furniture designer who became one of the most important figures of the Modernist movement; another showcases the extraordinary collection of Asian art bequeathed to the Irish nation in the 1930s by Irish-American philanthropist Albert Bender. Set in a converted 18th-century army building, this branch of the National Museum isn’t entirely devoted to the arts; eight galleries cover Irish military history from the 16th century to the present day, including a fascinating section about the Easter Rising of 1916.
National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks
Collins Barracks, Benburb St., Dublin 7
Our Rating Hours Tues–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 2–5pm Transportation Luas: Museum. Rail: Heuston. Bus: 39B, 70N Phone 01/677-7444 Prices Free admission Web site National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks
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