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

From Ballots to Bullets, Ireland 1918-1919 – At the start of 1918, Ireland was at war – fighting for Britain in World War I. By the end of 1919, Ireland was at war with Britain – fighting for independence. The exhibition – From Ballots to Bullets – invites the visitor to share in a selection of events and stories from these turbulent years.

Open every day: Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.45 pm and 12.00 pm to 4.45 pm on Sundays.

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01 603 0200.

Admission free.