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The Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum contains exhibits dating from the Stone Age right up to the 20th Century.

In accordance with the criteria laid down by the Hunt family, each exhibit has been selected according to the quality of its design and craftsmanship. Situated in the elegantly refurbished Custom House in Limerick City, the museum is an international centre of excellence for European Decorative Arts and Medieval Religious Art, with particular emphasis being laid on objects representing the golden periods in Irish art history. The collection illustrates how quality craftmanship developed through the ages, and shows that Irish artwork stands on an equal footing to that produced by other European countries. The collection is well displayed and occupies three floors: The Ground floor houses the Religious Art and Treasury collections. Pieces of special interest include the Galway Chalice, the Cion - reputed to be one of the 30 pieces of silver, and the Bernardo Daddi Crucifixion Scene.

The Medieval Religious Art Collection on the first floor is one of the major strengths of the Museum and includes statues in bronze and wood, crucifixes, panel paintings, metalwork, jewellery, enamels, ceramics and crystal, with pride of place going to the Leonardo Horse. Several of the exhibits have been on loan to the British Museum in London and others have been displayed at international exhibitions. A wealth of Egyptian, Greek and Roman items are to be found on the second floor together with a collection of Irish archaeological finds including the unique, 8th century Antrim Cross. Irish decorative art is represented by a range of items, including Irish delft, Belleek porcelain, and 18th century Dublin tapestries. Other objects of interest are the Charles 1 Seal and the Mary Queen of Scots Cross.

Preparatory visits for teachers. The Hunt Museum provides a teacher’s pack and an Educational Resources Pack with 18 activity sheets for students. The pack can be requested by telephone. The Museum is particularly strong on educational programmes. A classroom is available for pre-arranged handling of objects sessions, or a talk on "Costumes through the ages" which includes the trying-on of replica costumes. Other tours might focus on objects relating to the lives and times of literary figures from Beowolf to Yeats. A multi-media package is being developed and will be available by the 1998 season. Sketching is allowed in the Museum. Chairs are available for this purpose and provided whenever possible. Other places of interest to visit in Limerick City are King John's Royal Castle, Limerick City Gallery of Art, and Saint Mary's Cathedral.

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