The Limerick City Gallery of Art houses a large permanent collection of contemporary and historic Irish art. While the traditional exhibition site, the Carnegie Building in People's Park, is under renovation, the LCGA can be found temporarily at Istabraq Hall in Merchants Quay.
Located in the 18th-century Custom House on Rutland Street, the Hunt Museum displays a couple thousand historically significant works of art. Masterpieces by Picasso, designs by Leonardo da Vinci and artefacts from Ancient Egypt and Neolithic Ireland are all on display. This waterfront museum is central to any walking tour of Limerick.
The Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum, located on the grounds of King John's Castle, provides a more Limerick-centred view of history than the Hunt Museum does. Folk art, archaeological relics and artistic treasures are all on display.
The Belltable Arts Centre on O'Connell Street is a showcase for performing arts. With a rotating programme of film, dance, music, comedic and dramatic plays, literature readings and visual art exhibits, Belltable is a good bet for a night out. Look online for a list of upcoming events.
Limerick is also home to the annual Exhibition of Visual+ Art (EV+A), an event celebrating contemporary art ranging from impressive to outrageous. The LCGA is the main site for EV+A, although it also makes use of venues all across the area. Finally, several private galleries can be found around the Pery Square / People's Park area.