Last week, I was attended a special guided tour of the “Little Museum of Dublin” with a women’s social group to which I belong.
It is located in a lovely Georgian house just opposite St. Stephens Green, down from the Hibernian Club, where the club’s monthly meetings take place. A person from the museum came to the club and spoke about the museum – unfortunately, I was not able to attend that, so when I saw the tour, I jumped on it.
After this tour, I’ll bring the kids back for a visit. Soren would especially enjoy the U2 exhibition. They have worksheets available at the museum for children of all ages that can help you get more out of your visit. Plus the tour guides in the museum can give your children some special attention pointing out a fewinteractive artifacts in the museum, they let your kids handle – but do ask! Take a photo of them in the old Dublin school desk, or making a speech from JFK’s lectern. The more they get involved, the more they learn. They do things with schools too.
The Little Museum of Dublin tells the story of Dublin in the 20th century. All items are donated or are loan which makes it even cooler. They are always looking for interesting items, so if you have something historical here in Dublin – reach out to them!
While we waited for the tour to start, we were free to explore the room downstairs which was a photographic exhibition. Then upstairs, a guide named June, brought us into two large rooms where you navigate your way from the early 1900’s to the 1990’s. There you’ll see the story evolution of the society, from a political, social and cultural point of view. She pointed out some key things. Unfortunately when I tried to get back into the first room, to take photos, there was a private tour happening, so I could not re-enter. The reason I didn’t take photos at first is 1) I wanted to pay attention to what she was pointing out and 2) there was way too many people. In addition to our group there were 6 additional adults, so photos would be an issue as there would no doubt be a person in the photo. Having learned my lesson, I did manage take some photos in room #2.
There are more than 5000 artifacts on display, from bicycles, newspaper articles, photographs and rare objects like the lectern (stand) used by John Fitzgerald Kennedy when he visited Ireland and a first English edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
There is a permanent exhibition about the famous Irish band U2 up on the second floor. There are a lot of photographs, signed albums, concert tickets and other memorabilia on display. There’s even a Trabant car in the middle of the room which I took a photo of – yep with a person in the corner, but no matter how long I waited, I was NEVER alone for a second in any room.
I highly recommend visiting this museum whether you are from Dublin, Expat like our family or just a tourist in for a few days. They do a great job showing how Dublin has evolved over the last hundred years and the tour lasts 29 minutes – so even those strapped for time can squeeze it in.
I just saw that in addition to visiting the museum, they offer a 60-minute walking tour with an expert local guide Donal Fallon called WALK THE GREEN MILE. It takes place on the weekends. If interested click on the link and book in – they sell out. In fact, all tours of the museum sell out often so best to book online.