National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland reveals capital investment plan

Simon Stephens, 15.05.2018
Organisation to spend €85m on two sites in initial phase of programme
The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) has unveiled a 15-year plan to transform its four sites.

The Connecting our Past and our Future 2018–2032 masterplan was announced last week by Josepha Madigan, the minister for culture, heritage and the Gaeltacht.

An initial 10-year programme will see NMI spend €85m redeveloping the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Archaeology, which are both in Dublin.

The masterplan also includes details of capital investment programmes for NMI’s other two sites: the Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks in Dublin and the Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park, County Mayo. There are also plans for its Collections Resource Centre in Swords.

“Our vision for the NMI is a museum of international quality, preserving and presenting the stories of Ireland and its place in the world,” said Catherine Heaney, the chair of the NMI board.

“We want the artefacts and services of the NMI to be available to as many people as possible and, with this unprecedented government investment announcement, we will be able to improve accessibility at our sites, increase access to education services, and to build on collections and exhibitions.”

The director of the National Museum of Ireland, Raghnall Ó Floinn, retired last week. He is to be replaced later this month by Lynn Scarff, the director of Dublin’s Science Gallery.

The investment in NMI is part of a wider 10-year plan by the Irish government to spend almost €1.2bn on its culture, language and heritage.