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The Hunt Museum houses a diverse collection of antiquities and fine and decorative art, in Limerick City. It reflects the interests of the two people who formed it, John and Gertrude Hunt. 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.

Donated to the people of Ireland by John and Gertrude Hunt, their generosity ranks highly in the nations history.

The museum also has an excellent gift shop and restaurant. Get there early if you're going for lunch for a great view of the river. Many locals enjoy this jewel in Limerick and there is no admission charge to this part of the museum.

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 17.00, Sunday and Public Holidays 14.00 – 17.00 Closed: New Year’s Day (January 1), Good Friday, Christmas Day (December 25), St. Stephen’s Day (December 26).

Language Guides Available

Visitor guides published in Irish, English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.

Retail Outlet

Shop showcases a wide range of local and international crafts and gifts.


Coach parking adjacent to the museum. Car parking facilities beside the museum at Arthurs Quay and Potato Market.

Disabled Access

Fully wheelchair accessible.

Catering Facilities

Full self-service restaurant with delicious meals, desserts, expressos and tea

Guided Tours Available

In English, French and German.

Special Offer

1 Ticket - 2 Great Museums Visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum, the centre of the aviation world in the 1930’s & 1940’s, and where Irish Coffee was invented and The Hunt Museum, home to one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities all for just €17. Tickets available at: The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Tourist Office, Arthur’s Quay, Limerick and The Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

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