Dublin has a range of incredible museums that are ideal for art, history and science lovers, here’s a roundup of the best museums to see:
Chester Beatty Library
At Dublin Castle, You will find a library filled with more than 20,000 manuscripts, rare books, miniature paintings, clay tablets, costumes and other objects of artistic, historical and aesthetic importance. The collection was owned by mining engineer Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968). The Artistic Traditions Gallery on the 1st floor begins with memorabilia from Beatty’s life. The Sacred Traditions Gallery on the 2nd floor gives a fascinating insight into the rituals and rites of passage of the major world religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
Address: Dublin Castle | Admission: Free
Irish Whiskey Museum
Learn about the origins of Irish whiskey, its rise to glory, its dramatic fall and of course, the current revival of new Irish whiskeys. Explore different rooms with of Irish whiskey memorabilia dating back to the 1800s.
Address: 37 College Green | Admission: Each tour is different. More information at irishwhiskeymuseum.ie
Did you know: A shebeen is an illicit bar or club where excisable alcoholic beverages were sold without a licence. The word derives from the Irish “síbín”, meaning ‘illicit whiskey’.
Dublin City Gallery (The Hugh Lane)
With over 2000 works of contemporary and modern art. The main attraction is the painter Francis Bacon’s studio which was relocated in its entirety from London and gives an incredible insight into the cluttered, haphazard nature of the artist’s method.
Address: Charlemont House, Parnell Square N | Admission: Free
National Art Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland is one of the best ways to spend an inclement afternoon in Dublin.
It holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. The collection dates back to the mid-19th century and includes 14,000 artworks: 2,500 oil paintings, 5,000 drawings, 5,000 prints, and some sculpture, furniture and other works of art. Take a free audio guide from the information desk or take a free tour to properly immerse yourself in the European and Irish masterpieces.
Address: Merrion Square West| Admission: Free
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National Leprechaun Museum
Explore the world of Irish folklore and mythology by travelling through a magic tunnel and being shrunk to the size of a leprechaun, which is around 3 feet tall! This is a fairytale for adults and children alike, this interactive experience gives a deeper sense of Irish cultural identity and imagination.
Address: 57 Jervis Str | Admission: Dependent on day and time €10-16