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.
- 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.