If you’re looking for things to do in Dublin and you love museums, it can sometimes be difficult to find something that will satiate your love of all things historical in the short period you’re spending in this amazing capital. Below, we’ve narrowed it down to a few museums and libraries that will seize your imagination, giving both you and your family a wealth of museums and libraries to spend time at.
Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum
This is a haven of shared stories via their museum, cemetery and genealogical family searches. This is a place where a cemetery becomes more than just a place of rest and a place where history is brought to life, giving the visitor a bird’s eye view of Ireland’s rich history.
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum
The GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium is all about Gaelic games and its colourful history. Those who’ve contributed to Gaelic games as well as the games themselves can be read about, viewed and interpreted in this amazing museum/stadium in Croke Park. It’s been open since 1998 and is ranked as one of the top 5 spots to visit in Dublin.
A gaol can tell the most interesting of stories. And this one from the 18th to the 20th century, tells the story of political and penal histories of the prison, and guides the visitor through its colourful stories with audio visual shows. There are tours as well as videos, and these can be arranged to suit those with special needs.
Chester Beatty Library
A cornucopia of historical delights housing collections from across the world includes Asia and the Middle East, and Europe, comprising of the artefacts collected by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. We’re talking Egyptian texts, manuscripts, bibles and rare copies of the Qur’an.
Admission is free and this is a definite must see, it’s won European museum of the year and rated number 2 in the Trip Advisor.
The Little Museum of Dublin
This museum was opened in 2011 and houses historic objects of some significance with a staggering collection today of over 5,000 artefacts. This small yet impressive museum was nominated for the European Museum of the Year and has full charitable status.
Irish Whiskey Museum
The home of Irish whiskey, this museum pays homage to one of Ireland’s greatest exports. The museum is across the way from Trinity College and tells visitors through the medium of pictures, stories and tours, Irish whiskey’s history in Ireland, its beginning, to its present day status as a superior drink. You take samples to taste and you can come away with some souvenirs of your visit.
Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum
A fascinating museum which takes a long look at those who were forced to flee Ireland and start again in the new world. There are 50 minute tours of the ship, giving visitors a unique insight into Irish emigrants during the mid-19th century. A unique and fascinating look at one important aspect of Irish history.
Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin
Here you get to see Dublin through the different ages, from Viking to medieval with tours, with breath-taking views from the medieval tower. You’ll find Dublinia at Christ Church and you’ll find it an excellent starting point to exploring Ireland from its very beginnings.
National Leprechaun Museum
Located in Jervis Street this fascinating museum takes a look at mythology and the tales that have grown up around leprechauns and fairies, and anything else that Irish folklore has created.
Stories are better when they’re told by someone who knows the history well, rather than by seeing it in a book or in pictures. A storyteller will help you learn about this fascinating part of Irish culture through the medium of stories. As well as that, you also get some really fun interactive experiences that takes you on an exciting journey through the Irish leprechaun’s world.
James Joyce Cultural Centre
At North Great George street, naturally, this is a museum about the great Irish writer, James Joyce. As it should be, anything as wonderful as Joyce will need beautiful surroundings, and the 17th century Georgian house is a perfect location, with 3 floors and a superb exhibition on Ulysses which is interactive, giving those with some or little knowledge of his most famous works a real grounding of one of his most famous books. There’s plenty here to inspire any would-be writer or book lover, and as well as the exhibitions themselves, there are audio and video tours as well as tours of the city with a James Joyce flavour, and lectures and educational courses for those who wish to have a more intense experience of Joyce and is influences.