Dublin Writers Museum, Dublin

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Celebrate Ireland's rich literary history at Dublin Writers Museum, which features exhibitions on James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, and Patrick Pearse, among many others. Take a look at this nation's illustrious world of writing from a Dubliner's perspective. Visit the expansive museum, which opened in 1991 and is housed in a beautiful 18th-century home. Walk through the gallery, library, and rooms displaying artifacts and memorabilia from Ireland's most beloved writers. You'll have the opportunity to listen to an authentic recording of Joyce reading excerpts from "Anne Livia Plurabelle." See Dublin Writers Museum and all Dublin has to offer by arranging your trip with our Dublin road trip planner.
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  • If you love Irish literature, this is a stop you won't want to miss. It's located in a beautiful mansion just around the corner from Garden of Remembrance. The displays include books, letters, portrai...  more »
  • We had one day to be in Dublin and my daughter's only request was to see the Writers Museum. We could be in Dublin any day- but we only had time to spend one day there- so I planned our trip to Dublin...  more »
  • I am a literature teacher and dragged my partner to come and look at this museum during our trip to Dublin and I have to say I was fairly unimpressed by the museum. It was expensive for what it was (o...  more »
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  • The Dublin Writer's Museum is great for the right audience. The Museum primarily consists of large written displays focused on various Dublin-connected writers, along with display cases containing various artifacts. The Museum is, perhaps appropriately, very reading intensive; the primary visual elements are the artifacts, and the artifacts themselves are generally just copies of books or poems with a few personal items thrown in and are in general not the most amazing things to look at, particularly if one doesn't have much personal interest in the writers themselves. So, most of the experience comes from reading the displays. The displays contain excellent overviews of both the writers in question as well as the historical events surrounding particular movements and writers' groups. Again, though, if one is not interested in the writers themselves, the museum is likely quite dull. As someone who loves writing and is interested in several Irish writers, I found the museum fantastic. For someone not interested in these things, your time is likely better spent elsewhere.
  • Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, G. B. Shaw, James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett are the ones you know, but they're the tip of the iceberg here. Many more names that should be remembered and enough detail to let you sense the changing literary milieu over the generations. It's housed in an 18th century home that was beautifully renovated in the 1890s by George Jameson of the whiskey distillery family.
  • Interesting museum on literature history of Ireland. Simple and small, but a bit boring. Could be more entertaining.
  • Must see if youre into your irish writers.
  • Small but full of wonderful stories of Irish writers.

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