National Gallery to close for refurbishment works 19 to 26 May inclusive

National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square Entrance 

Press Release: 2 May 2014

The National Gallery of Ireland will be closed to the public from 19 to 26 May inclusive to manage essential enabling works around the Gallery’s refurbishment project. Administration and individual departments can be contacted as normal during this period. Telephone (01) 661 5133. 

The Gallery regrets any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause our visitors. Public tours and talks which were normally scheduled for this period will take place on another date. Check updates on the Gallery’s calendar of events here.


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National Gallery of Ireland Refurbishment Project  2014 – 2016


The Gallery’s refurbishment project of the Dargan and Milltown wings at Merrion Square is being managed by the Office of Public Works’ Project Management Services with Heneghan Peng appointed as the consultant Architects for the project.

The Gallery’s refurbishment project of the Dargan and Milltown wings at Merrion Square is being managed by the Office of Public Works’ Project Management Services with Heneghan Peng appointed as the consultant Architects for the project.

The first phase of the project commenced in March 2011 and involved the repair of the Dargan wing roof (completed May 2012). This contract was undertaken by PJ Hegarty & Sons.

Preparations for the second phase of the refurbishment project commenced in January 2014 and will continue through to 2016.

John Paul Construction was awarded the contract for the role of Main Contractor for the works following an EU advertised competitive tendering process. The Contract Award price is €25,806,800 (ex VAT).

The project over the next two years will involve the repair of the Milltown wing roof, the upgrading of the two historic wings to current standards of fire detection and suppression, and the installation of electrical and energy efficient lighting systems. It will also see the introduction of essential modern environmental and air conditioning control systems to maintain the optimum climate for the collection. An energy centre to provide for these services will be built under a redesigned forecourt at the Merrion Square entrance. The project will also see the reopening of Victorian features and spaces within the Dargan and Milltown Wings, previously unseen by the public. A new feature of the refurbishment project will be the creation of an additional atrium space which will become a sculpture court. The original windows on one side of the Shaw Room in the Dargan Wing and the windows of the ground floor Milltown Wing galleries will be reopened providing a view for visitors into this new atrium. When completed, the National Gallery of Ireland will be equipped as a world-leading gallery space, meeting the international standards for the presentation of its own collections.