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Challenging creative juices and imagining the irregular are all part of the experience at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Beautifully bizarre and dynamically diverse, this museum offers another angle to a range of art forms.

Located in Dublin's Kilmainham area, near Kilmainham Gaol, the most convenient way to access it is via the Luas Tram Red Line. Get off at the Heuston Station stop and it's a 5 minute walk to the entrance on Military Road.

Those who lust for lens-based work can bask among the permanent collection's bountiful works of such prominent Irish and international figures as Willie Doherty, James Coleman, Marina Abramovic, and more.

If installations tantalize you, then the weird and wonderful works of Gerard Byrne, Liam Gillick, Ann Hamilton, and llya and Emilia Kabakov might suffice to enthrall you. A unique and rare highlight here is a film installation by film director Neil Jordan whose many successful productions include the likes of The Crying Game, Michael Collins and the television series The Borgias.

Standing superior to the diverse array of art, is an unsurpassed selection of chiselled and gorgeous pieces of sculpture by international modern masters such as Dorothy Cross, Stephan Balkenhol, Juan Munoz, Kathy Prendergast, Iran do Espírito Santo, Corban Walker and Rebecca Horn.

A collection of contemporary art and paintings is also present from artists such as Cecil King, Sean Scully and Basil Blackshaw.

The IMMA also hosts a range of temporary exhibitions, which are definitely worth checking out in advance. These exhibitions last three to four months and are only awarded to well established and prominent artists. Up to four exhibitions can be on display at any one time.

The IMMA is situated within the old Royal Hospital Kilmainham, so the building itself is worth a visit for its own merits. It is regarded as the one the best preserved 17th-century buildings in Ireland. James Butler, Duke of Ormonde and Viceroy to Charles II founded The Royal Hospital in 1684. In 1990 it was opened as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and quickly established itself as one of the foremost contemporary museums, gaining rapidly the respect of its international peers.

There are formal gardens open within the grounds, and they are a lovely place to sit and ponder the nature of art and life after your visit. There are free guided tours of the museum available every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2:30pm. Booking is not required just show up at the main reception area, where they begin. In tribute to the history of the building, the IMMA also provides guided history tours which include the magnificent Great Hall and Baroque Chapel; these are available during the summer tourist season.

Note that due to a refurbishment program, the Main Hall of the IMMA is closed from November 2011 to December 2012. Exhibitions will continue in the New Galleries and also remaining open are the bookshop, café, and grounds. IMMA will also present exhibitions and projects in an off-site location in Dublin during this time, not yet identified. Check out their website for more information.

Entrance to the IMMA and grounds is free.

Museum Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.30pm
Eexcept Wednesday: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, 24 - 26 December
Open Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5.30pm 
Last Admission 5.15pm  

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