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IMMA - The Irish Museum of Modern Art


IMMA - The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland’s leading modern and contemporary art museum, and visitors are invited to explore the best Irish and international contemporary art in one of Ireland’s most beautiful 17th century buildings, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham 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.

Since its opening in May 1991 IMMA has hosted a constantly changing programme of exhibitions. IMMA is Ireland’s national collection of contemporary and modern art and a changing selection of themed works are on view, alongside new exhibitions from Irish and international artists of all genres, from photography and film to painting, sculpture and multimedia.

The grounds are the perfect venue for a picnic and to bring kids along to. There is so much you can do in IMMA over the course of Culture Date with Dublin 8 that are fun for all the family.

At IMMA you can:

  • Explore their medicinal gardens with self-guided walking trails around the IMMA (collect your copy of the trails at reception or download the trails here and here).

  • Visit Exhibitions at IMMA for free. Book your tickets here and use the code Culture8.

  • Drop in and visit their Artists-in-Residence in their studios on Saturday from 2pm - 4pm.

  • Participate in their Family Explorers workshop on Sunday afternoon.

  • Those of you with tickets will experience the guided exhibition tours of ‘IMMA Collection – Freud Project’ and ‘As Above, So Below. Portals, visions, Spirits & Mystics’.

For the full listings check out the whole programme here and we hope you plan a wonderful Culture Date with Dublin 8!

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