The Hunt Museum

Home to one of Europe's greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th Century. It includes artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation. Artist's works include Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jack B. Yeats.

Open Year Round.

No Booking or Payment Card Fees. Tickets Valid for 365 days - use at leisure.

Rutland Street, Limerick City (See Map Below)

ONE OF EUROPE'S GREATEST PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF ART AND ANTIQUITIES

The Hunt Museum exhibits one Europe’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th Century. The Museum is home to an internationally important collection of approximately 2,000 works of art and antiquities formed by John and Gertrude Hunt during their lifetimes (see panel to the left). The collection is held in trust for the people of Ireland; and is for visitors from all over the world to enjoy.


Artefacts from around the World - Art from Picasso and Renoir 

The Hunt museum includes antiquities from all over the world. There are artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation. There is also an important collection of Irish archaeological material ranging from Neolithic flints and Bronze Age material, including a Bronze Age shield and cauldron, to later Christian objects such as the unique 9th century Antrim Cross.

One of the strengths of the collection is the medieval material, which include statues in stone and wood, painted panels, jewellery, enamels, ivories, ceramics, crystal and crucifixes. 18th and 19th century decorative arts are also represented with fine examples of silver, glass and ceramics.

Artists' works in the collection include Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Roderic O’Conor, Jack B. Yeats, Robert Fagan and Henry Moore.
 

Enjoy these Highlights
  • Stunning works from medieval times including weapons and tools from the Celtic period.
  • The art of Picasso, Renoir and Yeats.
  • The Jewellery Gallery - which includes a gold cross once owned by Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • The Treasury - including the Greek coin reputed to be "one of the thirty pieces of silver" paid to Judas for the betrayal of Christ.
  • Family Trails - to excite the curiosity of children.
  • Enjoy a coffee or a lunch overlooking the powerful River Shannon – and imagine the scenes of centuries past when you may have seen fleets of Viking vessels accessing Limerick or sailing upriver to plunder treasure. Or, in more modern times, imagine impeccably dressed ships Captains wining and dining - while their berthed vessels were inspected - before paying the customs duties on their cargo.
  • Visit the Gift Shop for a delightful range of high quality gifts – including historical books, reproductions and local crafts.  

Explore the Collection yourself or take a tour

At the Hunt Museum you can choose to explore the collection by yourself or take a regular guided ‘highlights’ tours – at no extra charge. Tours take approximately one hour and vary according to the guide. If you choose to explore the exhibition unguided you can discuss the artefacts on an informal basis with our Docent guides who are available in the galleries.  


Children and Families LOVE the Museum too!

Children just love the museum – it arouses their curiosity – and makes for a great family experience. The Museum also offers a range of fun and engaging activities designed to appeal to all members of the family.

Children aged 4+ can hunt for animal imagery in the Museum’s galleries. Find the butterflies, cats, dogs and zebra! ASK at the Museum Reception for the ‘Animals in Art’ Gallery Trail.

Children aged 7+ Through an interactive treasure hunt around the Museum, children will discover the diverse collections while building their observation skills and descriptive vocabulary. This trail explores artistic elements such as shape, line, colour, and texture through activities, discussion, and drawing. ASK at the Museum Reception for the 'Hunt for the Treasure' Gallery Trail.


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The Hunt Museum - a monument to curiosity and generosity

The Hunt Museum was established to house an internationally important collection of approximately 2,000 works of art and antiquities formed by John and Gertrude Hunt during their lifetimes.

As antique dealers and advisors to collectors they built a thriving business and also began to acquire pieces that reflected their own interests and curiosity.

The Hunt Museums Trust was established in 1974 to hold the Collection in trust on behalf of the people of Ireland. The museum was officially opened in 1997 by An Taoiseach, John Bruton. 

Unfortunately, neither John nor Gertrude Hunt lived to realise their dream of a permanent home for their wonderful collection.

The museum stands as a monument to their enthusiasm, curiosity and generosity.

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The Hunt Museum
The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City
T. +353 (0) 61 312 833

 
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OPENING TIMES 2016

Open Daily Year Round

Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays  14:00 - 17:00

Closed: Good Friday (March 25, 2016); December 25 - 26; and January 1.

Last admission one hour before closing time.

Approx Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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Admission is free on Sundays and 2 for 1 Admissions on Mondays. 


TOURS

You can explore the collection by yourself or take a guided ‘highlights’ tour when available – at no extra charge. Tours take approximately one hour and vary according to the guide. 

LANGUAGES

Free Museum Brochure in Irish, English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. 

DINING / REFRESHMENTS

The riverside restaurant offers a wide choice of dishes, both for lunch and for snacks. The restaurant terrace overlooks the beautiful Shannon River and Curragower Falls.

The ingredients are sourced locally, organic where possible and cooked in the Museum Café Kitchen. 

SHOPPING

Gift Shop offers a range of high quality gifts and includes jewellery, books, greeting cards, silk scarves and ties, gemstones, ceramics, prints, and historical reproductions. 

PARKING

Car Parking next to Museum (car park with meter pay). Coach parking is available free off-site 200 meters from the Museum, outside St. Mary's Cathedral and City Hall, Merchants Quay.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

Wheelchair accessible with lifts to all floors; wheelchairs and stools are available for use in the galleries. Accessible Toilet.  
 

Note: Opening times may be subject to change and attraction website and contact details will be on your ticket for any updates.

Indoor (all weather) Family Friendly Cool for Kids (under 8) Wheelchair Access Restaurant Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Dining for Groups Baby Changing Guided Tours Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop Free WIFI
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