As one of the four branches of the National Museum of Ireland, the Decorative Arts & History Branch offers visitors the chance to view antique crafts from Ireland and around the globe. The rare collection is wonderfully eclectic, and features everything from rare, Chinese porcelain that dates back to the 13th century, to a ceremonial, Japanese bell that’s over 2,000 years old. There’s a large collection of Irish silver as well as clothing from the 17th century, and an impressive medieval coin collection that showcases over 1,000 years of currency that’s changed hands during Ireland’s history. Also, if you don’t have time to make it to the countryside, the collection of traditional Irish furniture not only mimics a rural home, but also exhibits the exceptional skill of Irish woodworkers and craftsmen.
The museum is open on Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm, and on Sunday from 2-5pm. Admission is free, and the easiest way of reaching the museum is by riding the red line of the Luas tram to the “Museum” stop. By foot, the museum is about 25-30 minutes from Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green.