Like most major cities, Dublin is home to a National Gallery, which contains the country's finest collection of Irish and European art.
An added bonus for the visitor is admission is free through it is requested that a three euro donation be made. The guided tours are also free and these are conducted on the weekend, Saturday at 3pm and Sundays at 2, 3 and 4 pm. They even give you free audio guides and specific ones geared particularly for children. Both can be obtained from the information desks.
They also have a few rules which visitors must adhere to, most of which are pretty standard for art galleries such as no photography, video or touching exhibits. Mobile telephones must be turned off and bags etc must be checked into the cloakroom. You must also get permission if you want to draw or sketch anything.
A wide variety of paintings cover several centuries, dating from the 14th century up to the present. The collection heavily favors Irish artists and subjects but examples of many of the famous European artists' works on show include Rubens, Monet and Picasso. Many of the portraits have been painted by well known British artists including Gainsborough and Reynolds.
A variety of sculptures are scattered throughout the gallery, dating from the 17th century. Once again their largest collection is of Irish busts. In 2002, the Yeats Collection was opened and is devoted to the artistic endeavors of this much talented Irish family.
Different exhibitions are presented throughout the year in addition to the permanent exhibits, though entrance fee's do apply to these.
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