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.

Your membership helps the Gallery to acquire new artworks to enrich the national collection, as well as supporting the exhibitions programme. In 2021, the Friends have supported a book to accompany the exhibition Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory. Read more about how your membership makes a difference.

Thank you for your support. 


All visitors must book a ticket to visit the Gallery

All visitors, including Friends and Patrons, must book their free general admission tickets in advance.

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A man in a dark overcoat with his hands in his pockets, wearing a cap. In the background, the sea.

Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory

Friends go free!

Members of the Friends get unlimited free entry to our landmark autumn exhibition. Friends must book their free tickets in advance. If you book an exhibition ticket, you do not need to book a separate free general admission ticket for the same day.

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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 we cannot hold in-person events in the Gallery, we are bringing the Gallery to you through a rich variety of digital events and content.

  • Free unlimited entry to all ticketed exhibitions (pre-booking essential)
  • 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
  • Friends Fortnight: an annual two-week festival in February, celebrating our members, with exclusive daily events
  • 10% discount in the Gallery Shop all year
  • 10% discount in the Gallery Café
  • 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

Click here to see a list of the benefits you can enjoy once COVID-19 measures are lifted

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

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]


Some information about data protection and processing of your personal data (PDF)

Download our Friends FAQ document (PDF)

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