NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND

MASTERPLANNING

National Museum of Ireland (NMI)

NMI has four museums (Museum of Archaeology, Natural History Museum and Collins Barracks in Dublin, and the Museum of Country Life in County Mayo) a Collections Resources Centre and a strong programme of education and outreach activities delivered across Ireland.

in 2016, Jura Consultants was commissioned alongside partners at Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios to research and prepare a Masterplan for the organisation and its Museums and facilities. Our study included comprehensive consultation with staff, stakeholders, visitors and non-visitors, site visits, comparator analysis and the presentation of a vision for the NMI. This work informed organisational development recommendations and proposals to enhance the museums portfolio of physical assets to result in a 15-year master vision as announced in The Connecting our Past and our Future 2018–2032 masterplan statement announced by Josepha Madigan, the minister for culture, heritage and the Gaeltacht, that will see a range of upgrades across all of the institution’s sites.

A major aspect of the plan is the redevelopment of the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street in Dublin, which will take place between 2018 and 2021. This will be followed by similar work on the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare street from 2022-2027. As part of the work, a link will be created between the two sites to make it easier for visitors to transfer between.

The Natural History Museum will receive a new extension to provide modern access standards. These include lifts, fire egress, public services and facilities for staff and visitors. Exhibition areas will also be revamped and the facility’s glass roof will be renewed.

Work on the Museum of Archaeology will include an upgrade of visitor facilities, with all historic spaces made available for public use. Exhibition space will be expanded, and the entrance will be improved to provide lifts, universal access and to better handle high visitor flow.

These initial projects will be funded through an €85m ($101m) investment from the Irish government over the next 10 years. This represents the largest single investment by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in its capital development plan for 2018-2027.