With my penchant for museums, I was enchanted to visit the Hunt Museum in Limerick. Has nothing to do with hunting but everything with one of the greatest private collections of art and antiques in Ireland, right up to the the 20th century.

John and Gertrude Hunt were antique dealers and art historians and started, well, collecting and keeping those items they most liked for themselves. This went on for a good long time and suddenly they had more than 2000 items on their hands. The next problem was to find a suitable home for them and to display them correctly. Long story short – in 1997 this lovely Palladian-style building, dating from 1765, became the permanent home for the Hunt museum. When you visit, be sure to take a look at the personal photographs of the Hunt’s home, with Renoirs and Picassos hanging in their kitchen….

This is one of those small jewels of a museum – very personal and eccelctic in what was collected and what is displayed, but all first class quality.

Note: A big thank you goes to Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland for making this trip possible. All views expressed above are mine, and mine only.

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