National Leprechaun Museum, Dublin

(2.9/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
A place of magic and mystery, National Leprechaun Museum narrates the story of the mischievous elf from Irish folklore. Once described as the "Louvre of leprechauns," the museum explains the basics of Irish mythology and presents the history of the little man with magical powers by showcasing his appearances in various forms of popular culture. Walt Disney went on a leprechaun hunt in 1948, and if you suspend your judgment during your visit, so can you. Enter the world of leprechauns by exploring a room furnished with furniture so large you may begin to suspect you have become smaller in size. Other rooms contain rainbows, pots of gold, deep wishing wells, and giant tree trunks. Before you head to Dublin, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Dublin trip itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Dublin has to offer, including National Leprechaun Museum.
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  • Such a fun and interesting tour about leprechauns and other folklore , Alice our tour guide was fab - don't miss 
  • This is a great stop if you have a spare hour when visiting Dublin. This is a guided tour and the staff are friendly, funny and full of knowledge of Irish mythology. Good for families with kids. Somew...  more »
  • Visited here today both of us are teachers and wanted to find out more about Irish culture during half term. Unfortunately this was not quite what we experienced. Although named as a museum it is not ...  more »
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  • Firstly, this is more of a story-telling experience rather than a museum as such. The guided session lasts about 45 minutes with the guide leading you from one room to another telling stories from Irish folklore as you go along. The physical rooms and objects serve more as props than actual exhibits, though the contemporary design of the space is interesting and a welcome change to some of the more tackier Irish themed exhibits around Dublin. A highlight is a room with giant furniture so you can take some fun photos. Our guide was excellent. She was super bubbly, enthusiastic, funny and made an effort to engage the audience. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes fairy tales and interested in learning about some Irish mythology and folklore. Might not be suitable for very young children such as toddlers since there's a lot of listening involved so they could get a bit restless if they don't understand the stories. There's a gift shop at the end of the tour which sells some books on Irish folklore, but it would have been nice if they supplied a print out with some of the stories during or after the tour which would be helpful for those who are not native English speakers, especially with all the tricky names. Would have also liked to have seen more interactive activities incorporated into the tour.
  • There is really not much to see here. The museum does provide a brief introduction to Irish mythology through some stories told by your guide, and through some pre-recoded material. Overall not a bad experience, but I have expected significantly more for 50 Euros (family ticket with 3 children). It feels as if the mode of delivery as well as the content is more targeted towards younger children. Also the museum is not really prepared to serve the needs of non-native English speakers - e.g some written material accompanying the verbal content would be helpful. Staff at the museum were friendly and helpful.
  • The guys here were AMAZING. We told them, our eldest child didn't like modern scary interactive museums, and they couldn't have been more re-assuring and accommodating. They included her in the story telling and made her feel so special. It really was the highlight of our trip to Dublin. Truly, a great thing to do with ANY age group as apparently the story tellers will tell their tales according to the sensitivities of the audience (I understand the Irish fairy tales for grown ups can be far more gruesome). A really magical experience drawing on your own sense of imagination and creativity rather than the tacky dress-up commercial nonsense that you'd typically find in a multi-million dollar theme park.
  • I felt quite let down and I guess I expected more. There's a great idea behind this and the tour lasts about 45 minutes and costs adults 14 Euros but there's just one room with three large chairs and a desk., 2 chairs were impossible to get up onto if you're unfit! The story teller/tour guide was good and the stories were interesting but I left feeling like there was something missing, definitely is more for kids.
  • The guide and the receptionist were very nice and polite and I learned some new Irish stories.