8 Best Museums in Dublin
Looking for some new attractions to visit while in Dublin? Even just a rainy day activity? Look no further! Here are 7 of the best museums Dublin has to offer.
Museums are a wonderful way to experience a new country. For a small entry fee, a museum lets you learn what a culture deems of themselves as truly historic. It can be quite special to witness and appreciate different authentic historical artifacts and locations. Information at museums are almost always reliable so you really know you re receiving true information and actually learning about the subject.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Founded in 1191, this church has a lot of history to offer! Walk around the cathedral to learn about the buildings history and much more!
The Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. The Steeple of the Church reaches 43 meters in the air, making it the highest church in Ireland. It is the 2nd Cathedral in the city of Dubin which is highly unprecedented. Most cities have one cathedral as they are likely so large so that they can fit a large population of the city inside.
The Little Museum of Dublin
Located right across the street from St. Stephens Green. Tour this whole museum in less than 30 minutes!
The Dublin people consider this museum a “People’s Museum”. It covers the chronicles and history of the city of Dublin through the 20th century. The Museum is a charitable organization and is registered as such. In the building are over 5,000 artifacts that are donated or loaned by the people of Dublin. This is where the name a people’s museum comes from; it is a museum by the people, for the people. There are three floors of the exhibition, each of the small areas jam-packed with history.
The Little Museum of Dublin has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year and also ranks as the 10th best attraction to visit in all of Dublin. The museum offers “I love Dublin classes for students aged 6-17. For visitors of all ages the tourist greeter program is a wonderful time for all titled “City of a Thousand Welcomes.
National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland
Visit this museum to learn about the famous leprechauns! Open during the day to all ages, and at night for 18+!
It is dedicated to Irish Folklore and Mythology and shares history through the tradition of storytelling. The Museum features optical illusions, wooden replicas, and a special room with unusually large furniture. The room is supposed to make you feel like you have magically shrunk down to the size of a leprechaun.
Learn about the many other creatures of Irish lore such as the puca fairies, banshee, and others, all through an interactive experience like no other.
Intrested in becoming certified in pouring a pint of Guinness? This seven story museum will teach you all there is to know about guinness and how to pour like a pro!
Guinness Storehouse is a popular attraction. Take a tour of the factory and learn about how Irelands most popular beer is made. Admission starts at around €20, with that you receive the tour of the factory, a pint of Guinness, and a personalized engraved glass (if tickets are ordered online). The pint of Guinness is served at the storehouse’s Gravity Bar. The views at the top are incomparable to anything else you can find in Dublin. The 360-degree view is even better with a pint in your hand.
If you are a fan of whiskey, this museum is the place for you. Purchase a ticket and get a fully guided tour around the distillery, a complimentary drink, and much more!
Back when it was originally established in 1780, the distillery took the name Bow Street Distillery. Over the next decades, John Jameson ended up taking full ownership after being the general manager for some time. Below the distillery was two deep wells used for the water of the whiskey, and cellars were dug under the streets for storing and maturing the alcohol.
Old Library and the Book of Kells
This Dublin Museum offers Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure, and one of the world’s most extraordinary libraries. The collection of historic texts in this spot has been underway for the past 400 years.
The Book of Kells is located in Trinity College Old Library and contains Gospels of Latin text from 384AD. For an entry fee of only €12 take in the beautiful architecture and ancient ambiance of the library. The Long Room is a 65-meter long row of bookcases that hold more than 200,000 of the oldest books. Busts of the great figures in higher education are displayed. Faces like Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, Homer, Socrates, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and William Shakespeare are all able to be witnessed.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
This Dublin museum offers multiple different tours so everybody can find one that suits them! Visit the cemetery to learn about the people who helped shape Ireland. So many famous historical people are buried in this cemetery. Take the informative tour and witness the resting places of these great people in history. Whether your well versed in Irish history or not, this is sure to be a fascinating experience. In the museum itself, check out the City of the Dead. Learn about the phenomenon called grave-robbing, and I bit more about the people buried here and what they sacrificed.
The best Museums are the ones that bring out the darker parts of history. By learning about these events, we can better appreciate sacrifice in the past and our current conditions. Kilmainham Gaol does just that. It was formerly a prison where many Irish revolutionaries were kept and often executed.
Learning about the conditions of the people kept in these places is as fascinating as the intricate architecture inside. First built in 1796, it remained the county jail of Dublin until he Irish Free State decommissioned the operation in 1924. It has since been repurposed as a museum, if not for holing so many notables, than for being the biggest unoccupied jail in the country. This is one of the best museums Dublin has to offer.