National Museum of Ireland exhibition design

Project title Provision of Exhibition Design Services at National Museum of Ireland
Client National Museum of Ireland
Contract value €1 million
First round deadline Midday, 22 December 2023
Restrictions Applicants must supply confirmation that the tendering party’s turnover exceeded €300,000 during one of the last three years. This can be pro-rata in the case of a more recently-established firm tendering – however the firm must have been in existence for at least 6 months
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The wining team will initially work on the development of a new €1.3 million temporary exhibition and interpretative scheme – featuring early medieval insular manuscripts from Switzerland’s Stiftsbibliothek St Gallen – opening in 2025 at the National Museum of Ireland’s main building on Kildare Street in the centre of Dublin.

The winning team will initially work on the design of a major new temporary exhibition of manuscripts from Stiftsbibliothek, St Gallen which will occupy the ceramics room within the National Museum of Ireland’s Kildare Street premises.

‘The winning tenderer will provide an Exhibition Design consultancy service to take projects from preliminary design stage through to construction, fitout and handover.’

National Museum of Ireland was founded in 1877 and holds more than 4 million items in its collections. It’s five locations are the Museum of Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street, the Museum of Natural History on Merrion Street, the Museum of Country Life in County Mayo and the

Other additional projects may also be tendered through the framework which is estimated to be worth around €1 million in fees across its four-year duration.

Bids to deliver the contract will be evaluated 80 per cent on quality and 20 per cent on cost. Applicants must hold employer’s liability insurance of €13 million, public liability insurance of €6.5 million and professional indemnity insurance of €1 million.

Competition details

According to the brief: ‘The scope of the framework will be address to any needs related to the provision of exhibition design services at National Museum of Ireland, or to any ancillary project(s) associated with the site or any other NMI site within the period of the contract which are designed to address visitor or tourist expectations at the site.

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