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A Tour of Limerick’s Art Venues


John and Gertrude Hunt established a unique collection of over 2,000 works of art and antiquities during their lifetimes. Their role as antique dealers and advisors to many major collectors helped them establish a a significant business and over time this allowed them to establish their own collection with pieces that reflected their own particular interests.

As the scale of their collection grew the Hunt family became aware of the need to keep the collection intact. The Hunt Museum opened in Limerick in 1978 and became that permanent home for the collection under the guidance of the The Hunt Museum Trust.

The building that houses the collection is a wonderful structure in its own right. Today the collection is houses in beautifully curated rooms across a number of floors. An onsite Cafe provides refreshment and a gallery room downstairs plays host to visiting collections and exhibitions.

The Hunt Museum is a most-see amongst Limerick Art Venues.

Limerick City Gallery

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) hosts an impressive range Art ranging from the 18th to 21st century. It is home to the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing and the Michael O’Connor International Poster Collection. part of it Collections.

A selection from the Permanent Collection is exhibited in its dedicated gallery featuring works from Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Sean Keating, Charles Lamb, Letita Hamilton, Grace Henry, Sarah Purser, Walter Verling, Donald Teskey, John Shinnors, and many more.

LCGA hosts a number of visiting contemporary exhibits per year with Irish and International artists and is the centre piece for EVA International, Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art.
LCGA is housed in the Carnegie Building, a wonderful example of Romanesque Revival architecture, beautifully situated on the grounds of the People’s Park in the centre of Limerick City. Over the years a number of refurbishments and renovations have taken place, the Zest Café is a quiet contemplative spot with large glass windows looking out on the park. 

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