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"It;s missing a certain something..." Top 5 Page for this destination National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks Tip by sourbugger

  Which way now ? the sat nav is buggered..
by sourbugger

The barracks that house the national museum were originally called just that - "The Barracks". They were later called "The royal Barracks" and after independence "The Collins Barracks". The building have now been home to the nations' attic for about 10 years. Although at one point the largest barracks in Europe (or is it the world ?) and the oldest one be continually used as such, the history seems underplayed.

The central square or parade ground still has a strong military bearing and almost still seems to echo with the testosterone fuelled commands of psychotic sergeant-majors.

The place desperately needs a focal point to make it actually feel like a museum. They had a viking longboat for a while, but it went home. Any ideas ? I rather fancy a fifty foot high pint of Guinness.

Address: Benburb Street, Dublin 7
Directions: Near to Hueston Station, Buses: 90 Aston Quay, 25,25a,66,67 from Middle Abbey Street. Dart: Tara Street with connecting bus.
Phone: 353 1 677 7444

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 22, 2009
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