As Ireland’s premier museum for contemporary and modern art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is a leader in exhibiting innovative visual arts. Founded by the Irish government in 1990, it’s housed in a 17th century former royal hospital, with classic architecture, long halls, and an extravagant courtyard. A wide meadow, formal garden, and medieval cemetery can also be found on the grounds. The former stables have been turned into artists’ studios, with the museum accepting artist residencies on an annual basis.
Its collection of more than 15 exhibits each year has cemented its place in both the Irish and international art scene. Most of the works were created from they year 1940 to the present. The core of the museum showcases the best in contemporary works from Irish artists, acquiring new pieces annually. The museum also hosts various educational programs, studio tours, workshops, and lectures open to the public.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art can be found in the Islandbridge area of Dublin, beside the River Liffey and not far from the Dublin Castle. You can get there via tram on the Red line to Heuston Station, or it is about a 30 minute walk from the city center. Open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday,) hours vary by day but generally range from 12-5 pm. Most all exhibitions are open to the public free of charge.