The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own Collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. It also creates more widespread access to art and artists through its Studio and National programmes.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. The Royal Hospital was founded in 1684 by James Butler, Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to Charles II, as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for almost 250 years. The style is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and a large elegant courtyard. The Royal Hospital in Chelsea was completed two years later and also contains many similarities in style. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was restored by the Government in 1984 and opened as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in May 1991. For further information on the heritage of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham please follow the link to the Heritage Programme.
Admission is free.
Museum Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.30pm
except Wednesday: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5.30pm
Last Admission 5.15pm
The Museum Entrance is on Military Road.
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.
10 minute drive from city centre. Unlimited free car parking.
Approximately 30 to 40 minutes from city centre.
5 minute walk from Heuston Station.
From Connolly and Tara Street Stations, take the 90 bus to Heuston Station.
Red line to Heuston Station, 5 minute walk to Museum entrance on Military Road.
More information on visitor facilities and access can be found here.