The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
Free Admission Tourist Attraction in Ireland #12
The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin is one of the world's oldest Galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art and is located at Parnell Square, near the top of O'Connell Street, a short walk from the GPO and the Dublin Spire.
Hugh Lane (1875-1915) was a millionaire art collector who offered to donate his entire art collection to the Irish Government, but who initially refused! Furious, Lane offered his collection to the National Gallery in London but later relented and agreed to re-offer to Dublin after the Irish authorities changed their initial decision. Before the arrangements could be finalized Lane was killed aboard the ocean liner Lusitania when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915. A legal wrangle with the National Gallery in London over the subsequent decades means that the collection of art is effectively shared between the two Galleries.
The museum has a collection of impressionist paintings by Degas, Renoir and Manet, some marvellous stained glass by Harry Clarke and regularly houses exhibitions by modern Irish artists. Seminars and public lectures by artists, philosophers and art historians add to the ethos of public involvement in the museum. Free Sunday afternoon concerts by the very best of Irish and International musicians are always popular with the museum offering a peaceful haven of tranquility among the bustle of the city at its doorstep.
Children's workshops are a very popular activity in the museum and are a great way to get your kids submerged into the fabric of Irish cultural life, even if only for a few hours:
Find out more here: http://www.hughlane.ie
The museum offers a lot to visitors and it is free. A stroll from Trinity College to O'Connell street, taking in the sights, could culminate in a visit to the Gallery where the concerts, lectures and kids clubs offer further options to visitors. A little bit of planing in advance could result in a marvellous and free day out!
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