Visit the Collins Barracks Museum in Dublin

The Military Museum, Collins Barracks, Cork, opened in 1985 and was situated in the Clock Tower Block. In 2005 the Museum was moved to the Old Guard Room, one of the oldest buildings in the barracks which is located just inside the old Main Gate. Its purpose is to tell the history of the barracks, the history and traditions of the Defence Forces and the story of General Michael Collins. The museum’s Collection contains significant artefacts that are associated with key periods of this history. Included in the Collection are a number of iconic military uniforms dating from the 1800’s right through to the present day.

How much is admission?

You’re in luck! Nothing at all! Admission to the museum is completely free of charge, however any donation is very much appreciated.

One the museum’s main attractions is our collection of artefacts belonging to General Michael Collins, most of which were donated to the museum in 1993 by his nephew Michael Collins. Included are items such as his great coat, two of his revolvers, his War of Independence medal, rosary beads and the personal diary he had on his possession on 22 August 1922, the day he was killed. Considering General Michael Collins’ connection to the Defence Forces, the fact that he was from County Cork and because the barracks is named after him, we are proud to have this unique collection of artefacts displayed here in the museum.

  • Monday – CLOSED
  • Tuesday – 10:00 to 13:00
  • Wednesday – 10:00 to 13:00
  • Thursday – 10:00 to 13:00
  • Friday – 10:00 to 13:00, 14:00 to 15:30
  • Saturday – CLOSED
  • Sunday – CLOSED


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