Collins Barracks, Dublin

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Collins Barracks is a former military barracks in the Arbour Hill area of Dublin, Ireland. The buildings are now the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History. Housing both British armed forces, and Irish army garrisons through three centuries, the barracks were the oldest continuously occupied example in the world.Originally called simply The Barracks, and later The Royal Barracks, the name was changed to Collins Barracks when handed over to the Irish Free State in 1922.Built in 1702, and further extended in the late 18th century and 19th century, the complex's main buildings are neo-classical in style. Since 1997 the barracks have been home to collections of the National Museum of Ireland, and the original structures have seen some award winning redevelopment and conservation work to support this new role.The museum faces the Luas tram "red line", a Memorial Garden at Croppies Acre marking the 1798 rebellion, and the River Liffey.18th century to 1920s – British garrisonSave for the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the barracks is the earliest public building in Dublin, and was built from 1701 by the then Surveyor General under Queen Anne, Thomas de Burgh. (Burgh was also the architect of the famous library building at Trinity College, Dublin.)
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  • It's a great museum. If you look at each exhibit, you can spend the whole day here. Four of them can be seen works of decorative and applied art from the National Museum. The main "relic" of the museum is a vaza of Fonthill porcelain and a multi-storey clock. But apart from them there is a lot of interesting things. Here are various items, dating back to the 17th century (ware, furniture, silver, money, jewelry). In 2000, a permanent exhibition "What We Wore" opened, where clothes are presented for the...
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  • i was here earlier today for the free tour and it was amazing. so much too see and you can view on your own afterwards. brambles cafe is located within the grounds. luas is located outside and there i...  more »
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