Bye-laws of the National Gallery of Ireland

Adopted on 11 February 2010 and 1 April 2010


The Governors and Guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland (the ‘Gallery’) in exercise of the powers vested in them by Section 14 (and Section 61(2)) of the National Cultural Institutions Act 1997 have adopted the following bye-laws for the care, maintenance and protection of the Gallery.

  1. 1.The Gallery shall be open to the public on all days except, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day during the following hours:
    a. 9.30am to 5.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
    b. 9.30am to 8.30pm on Thursdays and
    c. 12.00 noon to 5.30pm on Sundays
    These opening times may be temporarily altered as the Gallery management considers necessary.
  2. 2.In order to safeguard the collection and for the convenience of the public using the Gallery, visitors are not allowed to carry the following items, which may be deposited in the Gallery’s cloakrooms:
    a. Umbrellas
    b. Large cases/bags or equivalent
    c. Rucksacks
  3. 3.The Gallery is a no smoking area.
  4. 4.Food and beverages may not be consumed in the Gallery except in the Restaurant and Café.
  5. 5.Photography or any similar form of electronic reproduction is not allowed in the Gallery except with the prior permission of Gallery management.
  6. 6.While in the Gallery:
    (a) children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all  times.
    (b) visitors are not allowed to touch the artworks or exhibits.
    (c) sketching or painting is not permitted except with the prior permission of Gallery management.
    (e) visitors may not sell, offer or display/exhibit  goods of any kind.
    (d) mobile phones may not be used.
    (e) visitors must not hinder, annoy or otherwise interfere with any other person in the Gallery.
  7. 7.Visitors to the Gallery are obliged to comply with all directions or instructions given by a member of the Gallery’s staff. Any Visitor, whom Gallery staff consider to be behaving in a manner which contravenes these bye-laws, may be refused admission in the future.
  8. 8.Lost property found by visitors in the Gallery should be handed to a member of the Gallery’s staff. All lost property will be handled in accordance with the Gallery’s Lost and Found Policy.
  9. 9.The Gallery will take reasonable steps to ensure that visitors and their property do not suffer any injury or damage. However, use of Gallery premises and its facilities is entirely at the visitors' own risk and the Gallery does not accept liability for any loss or damage, howsoever caused.
  10. 10.A visitor may make a complaint by contacting either of the information desks in the Gallery.
  11. 11.The Board may from time to time provide for the fixing of fees and charges in respect of entry to any special exhibition or other event being held in the Gallery (but excluding any fee or charge in respect of entry to the Gallery itself).