National Leprechaun Museum, Dublin

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    Enjoyed the tour very much, good way to spend an hour, enjoyed Elinor (our guide tour) she was very nice and bubbly and was good at taking us round and telling the story, loved how she got a few peopl...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    After visiting last year we were so looking forward to returning to this excellent attraction, we paid and waited in the foyer for the tour to begin, my daughter took ill very quickly, I thought she w...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Don't expect astounding things from here and go along to just have a good time listening to an Irish storyteller. This is a place with some good photo opportunities with the giant furniture (if you're...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    This was an excellent experience! This is not a museum as much as a story. Our guide/storyteller(Nathan) was marvelous and he told the stories of the Leprechauns and fairies with passion and great knowledge. I enjoyed myself from start to end.
  • June 15, 2017
    We thought this would be a good thing to do and werent disappointed. We had a fantastic guide Karen who was very enthusiastic and good fun. Lots of good photo opportunities. Go with a light hearted approach (and possibly after a few drinks)!
  • April 28, 2017
    We went as a family of 2 adults and three children (13, 10, 9). The museum is a guided tour that consists of 6 separate rooms. In each room our excellent guide recounted ancient stories of the leprechaun world. I'm sure that all the guilds are good but ours was full of enthusiasm and energy.
  • January 19, 2017
    Obviously this isn't an actual museum, as there is no such thing!!! But this was a very good laugh and something different to do. Some good story telling and the interactive scenes such as large furniture were fun to play on and take some funny pictures. Worth a visit if you want something light hearted to do and it's relatively cheap also. It wasn't busy when we went there which was good as we could go round at our leisure.
  • October 31, 2016
    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.

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