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Events for Friends

Exclusive events offering members deeper engagement with the collection

Members of the Friends enjoy a vibrant programme of exclusive events throughout the year. From free talks and tours, to behind-the-scenes events with curators, to overseas trips, there is something for all ages and interests. Members' events are also the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends!

Download our autumn/winter 2019 events guide here

Book tickets for upcoming Friends events here

In addition to the calendar of exclusive events for Friends, why not experience the full range of educational talks, tours, workshops and courses that take place in the Gallery. See the What's On calendar for details



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Download the events guide

Enjoy a fresh series of engaging and exclusive events for Friends this autumn/winter.

Download the autumn/winter 2019 events guide here

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Book events online

All events for members can be booked online.

Book an upcoming event now

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Free weekly talks

These free talks focus on a single artwork each week.

Download a list of talks taking place September - November 2019

No talks the week commencing Monday, 28 October (mid-term break)

Booking policy

  • Please book your places online, or by phoning 01 661 9877*
  • Bookings can also be made in person at the Friends’ desk in the Gallery. Credit card payments are preferable
  • Free events can be booked by emailing [email protected], but it really helps us if you can book online 

*Our phone line is answered by volunteers who will transfer your call to the Gallery’s ticket desk to make your booking or check queries with the Friends office.

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Membership Benefits

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

  • Unlimited free entry to all ticketed exhibitions with no pre-booking required*
  • Exclusive access to the Members' Room in the heart of the Gallery, with refreshments and WIFI
  • 10% discount in the Gallery Shop
  • 10% discount in the Gallery Café
  • 10% discount on customised prints of works from the collection
  • 20% discount on selected Education activities including lectures, courses and workshops
  • Exclusive talks, tours, previews and events just for members of the Friends

Be part of something meaningful, enriching and exciting by becoming a Friend of the National Gallery of Ireland, or by gifting a membership to someone you know. And, of course, you can also feel good in the knowledge that your membership supports the work of the National Gallery of Ireland!

* For some exceptionally busy exhibitions Friends will be required to pre-book.