National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland2019-06-29T14:37:03+00:00

Project Description

The works involved the conversion of the old gymnasium building on the grounds of Collins Barracks into a new exhibition building for The National Museum. The centrepiece for the new museum is The Asgard, which is a 51ft yacht that was used by Erskine Childers to smuggle 900 rifles into Howth for use in the 1916 rising.

The works consisted of the Alterations and Renovations to the existing building, and the provision of new viewing decks & bridge, Evacuation lift & lobbies, toilet facilities, viewing and common areas, complete with installation of new joinery, mechanical & electrical fit out and decoration to complete a new museum building for the Asgard Exhibition. Externally adjusted and new paths, ramps steps and railings were constructed to provide safe access and egress to the building. All works were completed over a 12 week period and all works were carried out while observing carful care and attention to the Asgard, which remained in place throughout following its 4 year conservation programme

Project Details


Construction Period:

Apr 2012 - Jul 2012




Collins Barracks, Dublin


National Museum of Ireland

Project Architect:

OPW Architectural Services

Project Engineer:

OPW Civil & Structural Engineering Services

Quantity Surveyor:

OPW Management Services