Members' Room

Photo of the view over Merrion Square through the window of the Members' Room in the National Gallery of Ireland.
Image © National Gallery of Ireland. Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2018.Credit

An exclusive oasis in the heart of the Gallery

The Members' Room is temporarily closed. However, we look forward to reopening the Members’ Room just as soon as we can.

Nestled in the historic Milltown Wing of the Gallery, overlooking Merrion Square park, the Members' Room is the perfect place to take time out and relax after an exhibition visit or tour. With sofas, a reading library, access to refreshments, and free WiFi, the Members' Room is a space for Friends to unwind, chat, connect and read.

Did you know? This unique room was originally the Director’s office before its transformation into the exclusive Members' Room. Hugh Lane, who was Director from 1914 to 1915, wrote his will in this room.



Photograph of an interior with red walls, grey couches and dining tables and chairs with large windows looking out on trees.
Photo of the corner of a sofa with a cushion decorated with a painting by Harry Clarke. A book case is out of focus in the background.

Membership Benefits

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, including Mondrian (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
  • 10% discount in the Gallery Shop all year. 15% Christmas-shopping discount on 3 December 2020!
  • 10% discount in new pop-up 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 magazineThe Gallery

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


Although some 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 measures are lifted.

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.

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!

Niamh MacNally in front of a Margaret Clarke painting. © National Gallery of Ireland.

Your support makes a difference!

Thanks to our growth in membership, the Friends have been able to support 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]