It's often said by Irish people that they never act the tourist in their own country, only when they're abroad. And we, for one, think that should change.
For a small island, we've hundreds of place to see, visit, eat in and do all around the country - with a huge amount in the capital itself. One of which, is the glorious Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Be a tourist and get yourself to this beautiful spot in Kilmainham this weekend for some cultural goodness, and a wholesome weekend activity that won't give you a headache.
1. Because it's free
Yes, you heard us, a genuinely enjoyable free weekend activity. They are few and far between these days, so we suggest you grab the opportunity while you can.
2. It's super easy to get to
It's an eight minute walk from Heuston Station, which is serviced by plenty of bus routes, The Luas and most trains. Alternatively, it's 10 minutes driving from town, or a half an hour walk from the city centre if you're really stuck.
3. It's absolutely gorgeous
Built on the grounds of The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham - IMMA is situated on what is currently known as the finest 17th-century building in all of Ireland.
And by just catching a quick glance of the architecture, surroundings and statues - it's not hard to see why.
4. Their exhibitions are world class
Currently they are hosting an exhibition called What We Call Love? From Surrealism To Now, featuring modern and contemporary masterworks from the world's leading collections by Abramovic, Brancusi Dalí, Duchamp Ernst, Giacometti, Oppenheim, Picasso, Warhol and Yoko Ono - all the big dogs!
5. Because the photography is incredible
Including works of New York based Irish artist Les Levine. The photographs are of key media billboard campaigns, which the artist staged during the 1980s and ‘90s, in New York, Los Angeles, London, Stuggart, Dortmund, Dublin and Aalst, Belgium.
These are shown in the context of other extensive suites of photographic and etched works from the IMMA Collection including TheTroubles: An Artist’s Document of Ulster, 1979, an 80 piece photographic work, and a series of etchings Using the Camera as a Club, 1979.
A must-see for budding photographers (or Instacelebs).
6. And the gift shop is wicked
With cool, interesting gifts that you won't find anywhere else.
7. Plus the café is deadly and affordable
People in the area, who aren't even frequenting the museum, go there for lunch - thats's how good it is.
8. And finally, because you will be stunned, entertained and inspired for hours on end
And not to mention, fed.
IMMA Opening Hours are as follows:
Tuesday - Friday: 11.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am - 5:30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5:30pm