Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

Join our community of art lovers!

Our mission is to bring people and art together. We are fortunate to interact with so many people who share our deep love for the Gallery. We are a charity, and every membership is vital to support our work. We will continue to bring you highlights of our exhibitions and deeper engagement with the collection while the Gallery is closed. 

Thank you for your support. 

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Membership Benefits

Membership, with a difference. What you can currently expect from your membership.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 measures, we have adapted our membership benefits to ensure that Friends can continue to engage with and enjoy the national collection. Although you cannot currently visit the Gallery, we are bringing the Gallery to you through a rich variety of digital events and content, including:

  • Live virtual events via ZOOM, sharing first knowledge and behind-the-scenes stories about Gallery exhibitions and projects
  • Exclusive access to digital content, including videos of art history talks and lecture series, shared via weekly email newsletters
  • 10% discount in the online Gallery Shop all year. 15% Christmas-shopping discount on 3 December 2020!
  • 10% discount on customised prints
  • 20% discount on selected online Education events
  • Early bird booking for selected online events
  • A copy of the Gallery's new magazine, The Gallery

Your membership also helps the Gallery to acquire new artworks to enrich the national collection, as well as supporting the exhibitions programme.

Although much of the information below does not apply while COVID-19 measures are in place, read on to discover the benefits you can enjoy once the Gallery reopens fully.

Hanging of the Margaret Clarke exhibition. © National Gallery of Ireland.

Your support makes a difference

By joining the Friends, not only will you receive exclusive benefits, but you will also support the work of the National Gallery of Ireland. Thanks to our growth in membership, the Friends have been able to support a number of Gallery exhibitions and acquisitions.

Find out more

Although much of the information below does not apply while COVID-19 measures are in place, read on to discover the benefits you can enjoy once the Gallery reopens fully.

All members of the Friends enjoy 12 months of the following benefits:

  • Free unlimited entry to all ticketed exhibitions*
  • Access to the Members’ Room overlooking Merrion Square. Open during Gallery hours, with tea and coffee facilities and free wifi**
  • Early bird booking for selected Gallery events
  • Exclusive members-only events offering deeper engagement with your national collection and special ‘hear-it-first’ knowledge
  • Members-only discounts:
    • 10% discount in Gallery Shop (15% Christmas shopping day discount)
    • 10% discount in Gallery Café
    • 10% discount on Gallery events such as Tipple with Art, and more
    • 10% discount on customised prints
    • 20% discount on selected Education events associated with temporary exhibitions
    • Discounts on movie screenings (including a 10-minute talk on a related artwork)

* Pre-booking essential. See FAQs for further information.
** Very occasionally, the Members’ Room may be temporarily unavailable. Members will be alerted in advance.

A photograph of people, with their backs to the camera, looking at three gilt-framed paintings on a blue wall.

Free entry to every exhibition

Members of the Friends enjoy unlimited free entry to all exhibitions!

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"Thank you for helping to keep us Friends diverted, informed and sane during this crisis. Your mails, lectures and virtual tours are greatly appreciated."

Photo of a tour guide speaking to a group of visitors in front of John Lavery's painting The Artist's Studio, in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Contact us

If you have any questions about membership of the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

contact the Friends team on

+353 (0) 1 661 9877 or [email protected]

 

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