Previous Exhibitions

The National Library has a long tradition of mounting high quality exhibitions of material from its collections. Follow the links below to find out about exhibitions which have been displayed in the National Library and the National Photographic Archive in recent years.


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A Shared History: The National Library of Ireland and the RDS Library
In 1877, the National Library of Ireland was founded from the collections of the Library of the Royal Dublin Society...

Welcome to Your NLI
Miraculous books from the 13th century to dashing firemen on O'Connell Street...

Portraits of the Invisible: the Irish in WWI
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Shaped by History
Photographs of Limerick in the 1970s

The Dublin Lockout
The Dublin Lockout exhibition ran at No. 2 Kildare Street from 21 Aug 2013 to 27 Oct 2014

Working Lives, 1893 - 1913
Ran from October 2013 to May 2014 at the National Photographic Archive

Pearse House: Village in the City
Jeanette Lowe’s exhibition Pearse House: Village in the City at the NPA painted an intimate portrait of residents past and present of Pearse House Dublin.

JFK Homecoming
An exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of JFK's Irish visit

PhotoIreland Festival 2013 at the NPA
The NPA was delighted to collaborate with the PhotoIreland Festival for the 4th year running. The exhibition was one of the highlights of the annual art calendar.