National Photographic Archive

National Photographic Archive

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The National Photographic Archive houses the photographic collections of the National Library of Ireland (5.2 million photographs). There is a reading room and a gallery which showcases a programme of regularly changing exhibitions. Over 20,000 glass plate negatives (1870-1954) have been digitised and are viewable online.

The reading room in the NPA is open to researchers, by prior appointment only, Tues-Thur from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and Wednesday from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. You can make an appointment by phoning 01-603 0368 or by emailing

‘Ireland on the Box’, a free exhibition of photographs celebrating 60 years of RTÉ television, is the current exhibition at the National Photographic Archive.

Open every day: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01 603 0200.

Admission free.