Irish Museum of Modern art
Since opening in 1991, The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) has quickly become one of Ireland’s foremost cultural institutions, with visitor numbers having grown by 90% since 2014. In 2016, 584,000 people visited IMMA, making it the second most visited free attraction in Ireland. Housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, The Irish Museum of Modern Art is a must-see for any art lover.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art was established by the Government of Ireland in 1990, as Ireland’s first national institution for the presentation and collection of modern and contemporary art. The museum officially opened the following year and has rapidly established itself as a significant and dynamic presence in the Irish and international arts arena.
The museum houses a huge range of permanent and temporary exhibitions from a variety of artists from both Ireland and abroad, including the Hennessy Art Fund collection, which supports the acquisition of works by Irish or Irish based artists, who are not yet a part of the permanent IMMA Collection. The museum works tirelessly year-round to promote the conservation and encouragement of the arts in Ireland though projects and various fundraising events.
The IMMA hosts a number of events throughout the year, such as the Bulmer''s Forbidden Fruit Festival. Other events include talks and lectures, artist's programmes, and special guest exhibitions. A calendar of events can be found on the IMMA website.
Guided tours of the museum are offered and provide a general introduction to exhibitions at IMMA. These tours are available on Wednesday 1.15pm, Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes and does not need to be booked ahead of time. It is recommended to arrive early as each tour group is limited to 20 people.
The museum is less than 10 minutes away from The Morgan Hotel by car or 20 minutes by bus. Alternatively, you can walk to IMMA in a little less than 40 minutes. General admission is free, but some special exhibitions will incur an extra charge. Paid exhibitions are free to all on Tuesdays. For more information on exhibition prices, you can visit the IMMA website.
Please refer to The Irish Museum of Modern Arts website for the most up to date information on pricing and opening hours.