By Car or on foot: Arriving from Dublin city centre, head south from Merrion Square, over Mount Street Bridge, take a left at the junction of Northumberland Road and Haddington Road, and then the second right through the archway entrance to Beggars Bush Barracks. Once inside the Barracks, the Museum is located in the back right-hand corner. Parking is limited within the Barracks and drivers are advised to be observant of clamping signs.
Nearest Dart Station: The nearest DART stations are Lansdowne Road or Grand Canal Dock – both of which are approximately a five minute walk from the National Print Museum. Please visit www.irishrail.ie for timetables.
Bus Routes: Numbers 4 or 7 to Northumberland Road and Haddington Road Junction. See www.dublinbus.ie for timetables
Nearby Places to Stay
On the ground floor, visitors will find the Reception, Museum Shop, permanent exhibition, toilets, and Café. The ground floor is fully accessible. Entry for wheelchairs, prams and buggies is via the Café.
On the mezzanine level, visitors will find the temporary exhibitions. The mezzanine level is not accessible to wheelchair users.
Press is an independent cafe located in the National Print Museum. All the food is lovingly home made using fresh ingredients from Irish suppliers. Try one of the daily chalk board specials or a cup of delightful Cloud Pickers coffee, roasted and pressed in Dublin. Escape under the archway into a cosy enclave for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon treat on week days. A restorative rustic brunch menu is served on weekends.
We are beyond excited to announce that the Museum is reopening from 11 May. During lockdown we’ve made some improvements to the space and the way we do things. We’re not going back to normal, we’re going back to better!
The safety and well-being of our staff and visitors is of utmost importance. Much has been done by way of meeting the COVID health and safety requirements and we are happy to announce that we have signed up to the Fáilte Ireland Safety Charter.
Here’s what to expect from your visit…
As we are operating at limited capacity, we advise advanced booking to avoid queues.
We’ve gone to great lengths to make the Museum as safe for our staff and visitors as possible, but we do have some asks of you.
- If you are meant to be in quarantine/self-isolating, we kindly ask that you stay in quarantine/self-isolation!
- Wear a face covering. Disposable masks are available in the Museum Shop should you forget yours on the day.
- If you think you might like to buy something in the shop, please bring your card as the shop is now contactless. Donations may be made in cash, but all sales are to be made contactless.
- We will send you a detailed booking confirmation email, so make sure to give it a thorough read!
- There will be two waiting areas – one for pre-booked visits and one for drop-ins. We are timing the visits to start 15 minutes apart, so that visitors can enjoy the new smart flow system without feeling rushed. Pre-booked visitors will be called in at their allocated slot. Drop-ins will be accommodated where possible or when busy we may assist you to make a booking to come back a little later. There are floor markings 2 metres apart where visitors can wait.
- On arrival we ask that you sanitize your hands. There are stations throughout the Museum to facilitate regular hand sanitizing.
- Please check-in with our staff on arrival and listen to their important welcome message. You do not need to print your ticket, the booking name will suffice. The front of house staff will be positioned behind an acrylic barrier.
- We will take your details for contact tracing. (Visitors who book online will be able to do this online). All details will be kept in compliance with GDPR.
- You will be given a map to help you on your safe-guided visit. This map follows a smart flow system to facilitate social distancing whilst pointing out some of the highlights from the collection. In your interest and in the interest of fellow visitors we ask that you follow this map. It’s also pretty informative!
Throughout your visit
- Please socially distance. The current guidelines are to stay 2 metres apart from those not from the same household.
- Follow signage and advice from our staff, who are trained to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.
- We are usually a very hands-on museum, but at these times we ask you not to touch the collection.
- We will provide you with a stylus pen to watch some of the videos in the collection.
- Only one person or one group from the same household may visit the temporary exhibition at a time. Yay, you get the whole exhibition to yourself!
- Our staff will monitor this closely, so please wait at the bottom to the stairs to enter the space until directed.
- As space is tight we ask that only one person (or person with carer/child) queue for the toilet facilities at a time.
- There is no cloakroom facility. So, please try to avoid attending with luggage.
- We don’t like to ruin the surprise, but there will be a live demonstration and a little letterpress keepsake of your visit.
- Our Education Area has been temporarily closed. But we do have take-home gift and links to our “print at home” activities.
- If you take a look at a book in our library, we ask that you place it in the “for quarantine section”. It will stay here for 72 hours before it is re-shelved. (Library temporarily closed May 2021).
All of these measures, along with others such as regular cleaning and disinfecting, are in your interest and in the interest of our staff.
*Please note that we cannot take large group bookings at this time. Schools keep an eye out for an online alternative coming soon!
The unlocking has been supported by Doggett Group, Westside Press, The Irish Print Federation, Irish Safety Centre, Failte Ireland and the Department of Media, Tourism, Culture, Sport and Media.