Self Guided Audio Tours at Butler Gallery

Self-Guided Audio-Tours

Explore Butler Gallery's art exhibitions and our historic grounds at your own pace with our self-guided audio-tours which provide an excellent alternative to our guided-tours.

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Self-guided audio-tours are available Tuesday to Sunday during opening hours. No advance booking is required.

Self-Guided Audio-Tours Prices:

  • €5 per Audio Device

Available Languages:
English Irish German French Spanish Chinese

* Our hand-held devices are sanitised after each use.

GM with guided tour

FREE Guided-Tours

FREE Guided-tours are available every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.
Booking Required

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Butler Gallery offers FREE weekend guided-tours which provide an engaging walk-through modern and contemporary Irish art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Our friendly and experienced tour guides introduce you to the wonderful artworks in both our Collection and O'Malley galleries along with the fascinating history of our Medieval location and refurbished Georgian building. Our guided tours take 1 hour.

For group guided-tours please contact Pauline Swaine, Visitor Services Manager on 056 776 1106 or by email at [email protected]

* Guided tours are currently limited to 20 people per tour.

Directors Tour at Butler Gallery

Director’s Tour

Go behind the scenes of the Irish art world with one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art curators, Butler Gallery Director and Chief Curator, Anna O’Sullivan.

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Anna introduces guests to the important collection of 20th century artworks in our Permanent Collection. Enjoy an introduction to works by some of Ireland’s best-loved painters such as Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Mainie Jellett, Louis le Brocquy and many more. Gain an insight into the main developments in Irish art of the 20th century and its links to the trends in mainland Europe, the United States and beyond. Learn about the skills, techniques and joys and challenges involved in curating and installing a contemporary art exhibition.

About Anna O’Sullivan
Anna was the recipient of the Royal Hibernian Academy Gold Medal in 2021 for her contribution to the arts in Ireland.
In 2013, Anna was the Commissioner and Curator of the Irish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale with Richard Mosse as the artist representing Ireland. She has been a visiting lecturer at various third level institutions and served on many artist review panels including the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland. Anna graduated from the National College of Art & Design Dublin and also studied at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Anna was a board member of Kilkenny Arts Festival from 2005-2020.

Prior to joining the Butler Gallery in 2005, Anna spent over twenty years in New York, first as curator of Performance Art at the avant-garde arts venue Franklin Furnace and then as Director of the Robert Miller Gallery. Anna has worked with many internationally-renowned artists and artist estates during her career including Alice Neel, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner, Patti Smith, Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley, Fischli & Weiss, Michael Snow, Bob and Roberta Smith, Hans Op de Beeck, Ian Burns, Louise Bourgeois, Werner Herzog, Tony O’Malley, Barry McGee, Jeanne Silverthorne and Eve Sussman.

Group numbers: Min. 1 - Max. 10

Duration: 1 hour tour


  • All year round.
  • Daytime Experience (Private Tour): Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm
  • Exclusive Daytime Experience (Butler Gallery closed to the Public): Monday, 10am-5pm
  • Exclusive Evening Experience (Butler Gallery closed to the Public): Monday-Wednesday, 5-8pm

For price and booking information, please contact Geni Murphy, Marketing Executive at [email protected]
t. 00 353 (0)56 776 1106

School Tours at Butler Gallery

School Tours

School tours for both primary and secondary school students are free-of-charge and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

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Please give us as much notice as possible to help secure your preferred date and time. Butler Gallery welcomes donations both online and on our tap-to-donate terminals within the gallery.

* Please note that tours may not take place in particular areas of the gallery that may be in use for Engagement + Learning activities during your school's visit.

To book a School Tour please contact Pauline Swaine, Visitor Services Manager on 056 776 1106 or by email at [email protected]

More to Explore

The O’Malley Collection

The O’Malley Collection includes work from Tony O’Malley (1913 – 2003) and Jane O’Malley (b. 1944).

Heritage & Archaeology

Several archaeological digs were carried out from 2010 onwards as part of the Evans' Home refurbishment.

Monastic Site

The site of Butler Gallery has a long and diverse history spanning over 800 years.

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Monday: closed (except Bank Holidays when Sunday hours apply)
Thursday: Late Night 10.00–20.00*
Sunday: 11.00–17.00*
* last admission is 30 mins before closing times