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The Garda Museum at Dublin Castle

NOTICE: Following the Government’s announcement setting out measures to delay the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Ireland, the Garda Museum will be closed until further notice.

The Garda Museum and Archives are located at Treasury Building, Dublin Castle. Here visitors will find an interesting exhibition about the history of An Garda Síochána and information on policing in Ireland before 1922. The Museum is staffed by a Sergeant and one civilian employee. Persons carrying out police related research can be facilitated at the Museum and Archives. Among the museum artefacts are photographs and documents outlining the history and development of policing in Ireland in the 19th/20th centuries. The museum library contains a number of very interesting police-related publications.

Statutory obligations regarding records management are a priority issue for the Garda Archivist. Garda archives are held at the Garda National Repository.

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Opening hours:

The Garda museum at the Treasury Building, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

The Museum is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm. (Please note, the Garda Museum is currently closed due to the Government's public health guidelines to delay the spread of COVID-19.)

Photographs taken at the museum are available here

You can contact the museum at telephone number 01 - 6669998 or by e-mail to museum@garda.ie.

There are a large collection of archived photographs available by clicking here.

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The Garda College Museum and Visitor Centre, Templemore

The Garda College Museum and Visitor Centre opened in 2015 with the purpose of informing visitors about past and present methods of crime investigation, detection and prevention. Museum displays include historic police artefacts along with items from the unique military heritage of the Garda College which first opened in 1814 as Richmond Military Barracks. Visitors have the opportunity to view artefacts from real investigations including counterfeit currency and ATM ‘skimming’ devices, which are important aids in educating the public and assisting in crime prevention. Since 2015 several thousand members of the public have visited the Garda College Museum and Visitor Centre along with student Gardaí and serving and retired members. Each group visiting the Museum and Visitor Centre receives an audio-visual presentation which provides information about Irish policing history as well as recruitment and training, and allows for visitors to ask questions. Tours are especially popular with Transition Year students who may be interested in a future career in policing, and members of Active Retirement Associations. Groups are often accompanied on their visits to Templemore by members attached to Community Policing or other units, greatly enhancing community engagement between An Garda Síochána and the public. The College Museum and Visitor Centre compliments and works in cooperation with the new Garda Museum in Dublin Castle.

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