2b. The Merrion Square Area
West Square West, Merrion Street Upper, Government Buildings, Natural History Museum and National Gallery and other buildings of architectural delight
Roinn An Taoisigh - Department of the Taoiseach - Department of the Prime Minister!
In Merrion Street Upper is the Department of the Taoiseach which lies between the National Gallery and the National Natural history Museum, here viewed from Merrion Street Upper.
The National Art Gallery
There are rooms full of the work of Irish artists from the 18th-20th century. We are very fond of the landscape and people of the West Coast of Ireland e.g. Cork, Galway (especially Connemara), Kerry, Donegal, so we especially love the work of Paul Henry. The National Gallery also has many paintings from Renaissance and 17thC/18thC Baroque Italy, Spanish and Dutch art. There are always extra-special exhibitions e.g. 'Impressionist Interiors' in May 2008.
The National Museum of Natural History
? known as the 'dead zoo' because of its huge 'old fashioned' collected of stuffed animals! The natural history museum is being refurbished in 2008-2009, so how alive will it be!
Some other sights in Merrion Street
Some of the splendid Georgian doors of the 'town houses' in Merrion Street.
The 'Viking Splash' tour vehicle turning into Merrion Row
Just round the corner in Merrion Row is the Huguenot Cemetery of 1693.
The fine Government Buildings of 1922 in Merrion Street Upper, they were the last to be constructed under British Rule and were originally intended for the Science Faculty of UCD (University College Dublin).
Merrion Square 'park' of 1752.
The Oscar Wilde Memorial by the sculptor Danny Osborne in Merrion Square. Is the statue of the naked woman with her breasts pointing towards Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) but her face pointing away in disdain, deliberate?
Can anyone tell me what this sculpture is?
The very fine stone and brick building of the National Maternity Hospital, founded 1894.
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