Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Members of the Friends enjoy exclusive benefits including unlimited free entry to all exhibitions. Your membership also helps the Gallery to acquire new artworks to enrich the national collection, as well as supporting the exhibitions programme.

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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.

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Membership Benefits

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 advised to avoid disappointment. 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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Toni, member of the Friends

"Being a Friend allows me to engage with art and all the other things the gallery has to offer - openings, talks, trips away, musical evenings, Christmas parties, coffee, shopping - all the things you might do with a friend! It enhances my life, as only a friend can do."

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.