The weather has not been kind to us so far in 2018. Rain and snow appearing with somewhat depressing regularity have made enjoying the outdoors a challenge at the moment.
Fortunately, Dublin has a wealth of indoor cultural attractions where you can while away a few hours. Here, we take a look at some of the beautiful galleries that can be found in the city, all of which have free admission (especially if the only art you see is graffiti on your daily commute).
LOCATION: Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, D1
BEST FEATURE: The Francis Bacon studio
AMENITIES: Cafe on the basement level serving tea, coffee and a selection of gourmet food and snacks
Hugh Lane held the first exhibition of Irish Art in 1904 in London and continued to innovate by endowing the Hugh Lane Gallery with a unique and exceptional collection of modern art, including the first Impressionist paintings in any public collection across Britain and Ireland.
Sir Hugh Lane presented the collection to Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council) in 1908.
The gallery is also home to Francis Bacon’s studio and archive – an exciting and unique resource attracting audiences, artists and historians from at home and abroad.
LOCATION: Merrion Square West, D2
BEST PIECE: The Taking of the Christ by
AMENITIES: Its Gallery Cafe serves breakfast, light lunch, tea, coffee and cakes
Established in 1854 by an Act of Parliament, and opened to the public in 1864, the National Gallery of Ireland is one of Europe’s earliest public art galleries.
Recently reopened in full following renovations, houses a collection of more than 16,300 works of art, comprising European and Irish fine art spanning the early Renaissance to the present day, as well as extensive library and archive collections.
The expansive gallery is also home to The Taking of the Christ by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, a masterpiece thought lost for many years until it was rediscovered at the Jesuit House on Leeson Street, Dublin, in 1987.
LOCATION: Pearse Street, D2
BEST PIECE: The Makeshop
AMENITIES: On-site cafe and gift shop
Since opening in 2008, more than 2.5 million visitors to the Science Gallery have experienced more than 38 unique exhibitions — ranging from living art experiments to materials science, and from the future of the human race to the future of play.
The gallery features an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs.
The focus is on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise.