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GPO Witness History

GPO Witness History in Dublin opened in 2016 as a permanent visitor attraction in the iconic General Post Office building on O’Connell Street - the Rebel headquarters during the 1916 Rising. This highly immersive and engaging exhibition puts you right inside the GPO during Easter Week in 1916.

History will come to life through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts – many previously unseen. You will experience events from both sides of the conflict and through the eyes of bystanders caught in the crossfire. Join in and compose newspaper reports, examine the original copy of the Proclamation and send Morse code to declare the Irish Republic by radio.

A highlight is the 20-minute film on a curved screen that puts you right in the middle of the action during the Rising as it happened at the GPO and other locations. The rooftop courtyard is home to a commissioned sculpture called ‘They are of Us All’, commemorating the forty children who died during the Easter Rising.

After the exhibition, you can relax and reflect in the Courtyard Café which is an oasis of calm from the busy exterior. Anyone may visit the Café, which is a favourite with locals for the lovely homemade sandwiches, quiches, soups, barista coffee, cakes and more at reasonable prices.
The Shop features items and books relating to the Rising, along with other interesting Irish items.

In the post office area, you'll find the Talking Statue "The Death of Cú Chulainn" from Irish mythology. It "talks" via your phone.

Back on the street, you'll see that the columns in front of the GPO have round bullet holes from 1916. Walking further down toward the Liffey River, the angels around the Daniel O'Connell statue also have round bullet holes here and there.

Pre-booking for a specific time is necessary from June 2020 until further notice. It is a self-guided tour.
Guided tours for groups (10 people and over) may be arranged by booking in advance with the reservations office by email.

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