Benefits of being a Friend

Members of the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland enjoy a wealth of benefits, including access to the Friends Room in No. 5 South Leinster Street, invitations to special exhibition previews and a vibrant events programme that runs throughout the year.

In addition, by becoming a Friend of the National Gallery you are supporting the vital work of the National Gallery of Ireland and getting to know like-minded people who are interested in and passionate about the visual arts.  

You can join as an Individual, Family, Concession, Patron or Corporate member. Find out more about types of membership here.

Friends Enjoy:

Free Entry to Exhibitions 
Friends enjoy free entry to all exhibitions in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Events Programme
Friends receive a quarterly printed Events Programme in which forthcoming Friends events and news items are detailed. Friends events are a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends. Download the events guide (PDF) Download the events booking form (PDF)


Weekly Tours and Lectures
Free weekly and monthly tours and lectures are available to Friends. Tour and lecture topics focus on works within the National Gallery of Ireland collections. Friends meet at the Friends Desk in the Millennium Wing and can enjoy tea and coffee in the Friends Room after each event. Weekly talks take place on Wednesdays at 12pm, and Fridays at 11am. There are also talks on the second Saturday of each month at 2pm. See schedule here

Friends evening talks

Evening and Weekend Lectures
The Friends Events Programme includes evening and weekend lectures that take place in the Friends Rooms in No. 5 South Leinster Street. Topics are presented by artists and invited guests, and cover a range of subjects from the history of art and decorative arts, to topics of general interest. Evening lectures are followed by a wine reception in No. 5 and weekend lectures are preceded by morning coffee.

Friends outing 2015

As part of the Friends Events Programme, outings to sites of particular interest are organised. These generally take in historic sites relating to architecture, visual arts and the decorative arts. The Outings are led by tour guides and specialists in the areas of interest.

Friends trip to Bologna

Trips Abroad
The annual Friends Trips abroad take place in the summer/ autumn. Destinations are to places of specific cultural interest to the Friends, and previous destinations have included Italy, Spain, Russia, Provence and Greece. Each trip is tailor-made, with a busy itinerary taking in all the local sites of historic and artistic interest. Friends travel by luxury coach and stay in 4* hotels with evening activities, making the trips an enjoyable and relaxing time.
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Friends Room, No.5

Friends Room
Retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the splendour of the Georgian Friends Rooms in No. 5, have a coffee, and browse the many art publications and magazines freely available for Friends.  Access to the Friends Members Room is via the Friends Desk in the Millennium Wing from Monday to Friday 10am until 5pm.

20% Discount on the Gallery's Evening Lecture Series A special offer only available to Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland.

10% Bookshop Discount Make the most of your Friends membership and receive 10% discount on your purchases in the NGI Bookshop with a special 15% discount day in December.  Purchase the latest Gallery catalogues as well as gifts and greeting cards.

10% Winter Garden Restaurant After a tour or lecture, take the time to enjoy breakfast, morning coffee or lunch in the Gallery Restaurant.  With your membership you can avail of a 10% discount on your purchases. 

10% Images & Licensing Discount Search, licence and download high quality images from the National Collection.

Exhibition Previews Friends enjoy the privilege of previewing Gallery exhibitions prior to opening to the public. Be the first to see the latest exhibitions unveiled.

Supporting the Work of the National Gallery of Ireland Your Friends membership supports the vital work of the National Gallery of Ireland, Ireland’s major cultural institution. 

Give the Gift of a Friends of the National Gallery Membership
Need some inspiration for that special gift for that special occasion? An ideal gift to mark any occasion, gift membership of the Friends of the Gallery is perfect for art lovers at Christmas time, or to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries, retirements, etc. Each gift membership purchased comes with a beautiful  National Gallery card with personalised insert suited to the occasion.