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Museums in Dublin

Exterior of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Archaeology and animals. War and whiskey. Literature and leprechauns.
Dublin’s museum scene is nothing if not eclectic.

There are more than 40 museums spread across the capital, offering visitors the chance to delve deep into the Irish psyche – real or imagined – and to learn about Irish culture and history.

A city of writers and revellers, artists and emigrants, Dublin’s curators have a rich archive to draw from. Alongside many of the country’s most notable collections – the National Museum (for archaeology, decorative arts, military history and natural history), the National Gallery (for art) and the National Library (for rare books), many of Dublin’s best museums draw from esoteric inspiration. Explore your Irish roots at EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum. Travel back to the Viking era in Dublinia. Relive the complexities of the Easter Rising at the GPO on O’Connell St. Revel in literary brilliance at MoLI, Museum of Literature Ireland or sample a dram of whiskey at The Irish Whiskey Museum. From Bronze Age gold to priceless international art, Dublin’s museums are filled with thrilling treasures.

History and heritage

Dublin has been around for over a thousand years, so why not explore more of the city's rich history and heritage?