When you visit IMMA there are lots of ways you can find out more about the artists we exhibit or the artworks on display.
When you are here in the galleries the easiest way to find out more is to speak to any member of our Visitor Engagement Team, who are easily identifiable through their blue lanyards (see image above). Visitor Engagement Facilitators are not only knowledgeable about the particular exhibition you are visiting, but also about contemporary art in general, and are happy to answer any questions you might have, big or small.
The team also regularly give informal guided tours which provide a great general introduction to current exhibitions. These 30mins tours take place on Wednesdays at 1.15pm and Saturday and Sundays at 2.30pm. No booking is required, you can just come to the Meeting place in the Main reception at IMMA.
Museum Opening Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 11.30am – 5.30pm*
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm*
Sunday: 12noon – 5.30pm*
*Last Admission to any individual exhibition is 5.15pm
Every exhibition at IMMA has a complimentary printed exhibition guide which will tell you more about the work. You can pick one up at reception or at the entrance to each exhibition. Ask a member of the Visitor Engagement Team if you can’t locate a copy. You can also find a pdf of the guide on the relevant exhibition page on our website.
We regularly produce introductory videos for our contemporary exhibitions which you can watch online on our youtube channel or in-gallery. Look for the TV screens at the entrance to the Main Galleries on the 1st floor, or near reception as you exit to the Courtyard Galleries, or visit our website.
All IMMA TALKS are recorded and made available on our Soundcloud page, an incredible resource where you can hear directly from artists, curators and leading thinkers on the themes behind the work we present.
Gardens, Café and Shop
The beautiful formal gardens of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham are free of charge and open Museum hours. For those interested in the natural beauty of the gardens and grounds of IMMA, we created two maps detailing the plants, flowers and trees that can be found near the museum. Download these documents below and bring a printed copy to accompany you as you explore:
A Guide to the Gardens and Meadows | Plants and Flowers (PDF)
A Guide to the Gardens and Meadows | Trees (PDF)
Monday: 10am – 3pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon – 5pm
The Café is located downstairs in the old kitchens of the Royal Hospital. Entrance is across the courtyard from the main IMMA reception.
IMMA Collection: Freud Project is a major five-year initiative for IMMA, where fifty-two works by painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011) have been lent to the museum’s Collection by private lenders. During this unique project, IMMA will present a series of Freud-related exhibitions each year. The third exhibition in the series, Gaze, continues to actively explore Freud’s practice by positioning other works from the IMMA Collection alongside selected works by Freud. As the title suggests, the exhibition is concerned with a human gaze; of the artist, the sitter or the viewer of the work. Gaze particularly asks us to examine relationships between the artist and the sitter, and also focuses on the representation of the nude and the oftentimes visceral portrayal of the body in art, particularly in Freud’s work. Unfolding over a series of three floors in the dedicated Freud Centre, the exhibition encourages the visitor to journey from room to room, allowing space for reflection, but always considering who is gazing at whom. At times you are sharing the viewpoint of the sitter, at times the artist, but you are always involved in a constant exchange between all three perspectives in the room; the viewer, artist and sitter Showing alongside […]
Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) is a unique Irish artist. Her level of achievement, world travel and original thinking is unmatched in Irish art, yet this is the first retrospective of her work in 50 years. Born in the late Victorian era, by her early twenties Swanzy had mastered the academic style of painting. She witnessed the birth of Modern art in Paris before the First World War and her work rapidly evolved through the different styles of the day, each of them interpreted and transformed by her in a highly personal way. In 1920, against the background of violence of the Irish War of Independence, she left Ireland in a form of self-imposed exile. Traveling first through Eastern Europe and the Balkans, she then sailed to Hawaii and Samoa from 1923 to 24 – literally crossing the globe. While there she produced a body of work that is unique in an Irish context with images that show her proto-feminism and critique of the colonial system. Best known for her Cubist and Futurist paintings, after 1914 she exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon des Indépendants and the Beaux Arts, alongside artists who are now household names. By 1946 she was included in […]