National Museum of Ireland, Dublin 7
Collins Barracks could be said to be the National Museum of Ireland's largest artefact, having had a unique history all of its own in another life.
It now completes the picture for the National Museum in Dublin and joins the two already famous buildings in the possession of the Museum.
Collins Barracks has been completely renovated and restored to become the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History - charting Ireland's economic, social, political and military progress through the ages.
Artefacts on display range from silver, ceramic and glassware pieces to weaponry, furniture, examples of folk life and costume.
The new Military History exhibition called 'Soldiers and Chiefs: The Irish at War at Home and Abroad, 1550-2001' uses original artefacts, letters, replicas and audio accounts, showing how soldiering and war have affected the lives of Irish people. All of these piecess are displayed with imagination in innovative and contemporary galleries, which entice you to go further, look harder and examine more closely.
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