Closure of Main Building – November 2011 to autumn 2013
The Museum wishes to advise visitors that, owing to essential and extensive refurbishment works, the main building at IMMA will remain closed until autumn 2013.
The works are being carried out by the OPW and involve a major upgrade of the Museum’s lighting, security and fire safety systems. Work is confined to the main Museum building includes the installation of a new wiring and lighting system, a greatly enhanced security capability and a more advanced fire detection system. A new hoist for artworks and an additional fire escape is also being put in place.
The works will significantly enhance the experience for visitors, with greatly improved lighting and flooring, and will restore access to the first floor galleries for wheelchair users and other lift-dependent visitors. In addition, these improvements to the buildings safety systems will enable part of the North Range to be used for exhibitions on a regular basis. The project will also reduce energy costs and enable the Museum to operate in a more environmentally efficient manner.
In addition to the exhibitions in the New Galleries and education and community programmes, the grounds at the RHK will remain open to the public with four different art trails available to visitors. The café and bookshop will also remain open throughout this period. Due to the refurbishment works the Artists’ Residency Programme will operate on a limited basis, but will resume fully following the reopening of the maim Museum building.
IMMA’s National Programme continues as normal with exhibitions and projects in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin and Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, and in a number of venues in Northern Ireland.
Press Release - Main Building at IMMA will now reopen in autumn 2013