The Hunt Collection estimated to be worth £30 million is bequeathed to the Irish people.
Items in the collection include works collection from Picasso, da Vinci, and from the Etruscan to the bronze age. One of the oldest, privately-owned collections still intact, the collection contains about two thousand objects and will have its final home in the Customs House in Limerick.
RTÉ News spoke to John Hunt Jr about the collection and its importance. President of the University of Limerick Dr Edward Walsh acknowledges the bequest and the generosity of the Hunt family.
We are delighted to know that the Hunt family have so generously decided to make available the complete collection to the state.
An RTÉ News report by Gerry Reynolds broadcast on 28 October 1991.
The Hunt Museum was officially opened at the Customs House in Limerick by An Taoiseach John Bruton on 14 February 1997.