Irish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art, also known as IMMA, was opened in 1991 to the public. It houses a vast contemporary and modern art collection, by both Irish and international artists.


The National Collection of modern and contemporary art has over 3,500 works of art from approximately 1940 until the present day.

The permanent collection is made up of over 1,500 works of art, including photographs, videos, paintings and sculptures.

Both temporary and permanent exhibits are displayed in the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham, a grandiose seventeenth century building, considered Ireland’s oldest classic edifice.

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Erected between 1680 and 1684 on the ruins of the Hospital and Monastery of the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, it was used for 250 years as a home for elderly soldiers.

The hospital surrounds an impressive inner courtyard. When the Hospital was open, all the soldiers’ bedrooms would face the courtyard. The Irish Museum of Modern Art was inaugurated in 1991, established by the Irish Government.  

For modern art fans

Housed in a magnificent construction, IMMA houses Ireland’s most important modern and contemporary art collection. It is definitely worthwhile for modern art fans.    


Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am - 5:30pm
Sunday and public holidays: midday - 5:30pm


Free entrance. 


BusesSt. James Hospital, lines 51B, 51C, 78A and 123; St. Johns Rd, lines 51D, 51X, 66X, 67X, 78, 79 and 79A.