More often than not, museums are among a tourist’s itinerary when discovering a new place. When you visit a city that has a love for art and artifacts like Dublin, then you’d surely find a handful of museums that you’ll enjoy exploring. The museum scene in Dublin would mostly contain what museum-goers are looking for in a gallery.
Historical galleries in Dublin would mostly give you an idea about the cultural history of Ireland; from a writer’s museum to the James Joyce Centre. Inside them, you’d surely find interesting works from several of Ireland’s popular and talented artists over the years; you’d find yourself amazed of the Irish culture.
Irish Jewish Museum
The Irish Jewish Museum is an independently funded gallery that showcases the rich culture and history of the Jewish community in Ireland throughout the ages. The museum is located in the suburb of Portobello, which is just a short walking distance from the Grand Canal; it is a great place for a stopover while enjoying a walk around the area. The museum walls contain the remains of the old synagogue and essential memorabilia and testimonials of the Irish Jews. The museum is available to the public for free but they also gladly accept donations.
The Little Museum of Dublin
The Little Museum of Dublin is actually the latest addition to the museum industry of Dublin, as it has only opened its doors to the public last October 2011. The museum occupies a Georgian townhouse and was dedicated in showcasing artistic products of the 20th century. It houses more than 400 artifacts that were donated by several Dubliners in order to provide a holistic reflection on the progress of Dublin over the past years. Their collections include art, photography, advertising, ephemera, and letters that provide good insights of the city and the people. The Little Museum of Dublin also organizes lectures and debates among interesting and smart speakers with an entrance fee of €5.
The Old Jameson Distillery
The Old Jameson Distillery is situated in the original distillery of the world-famous whiskey. Currently, it functions as a museum that has original equipment for distillery. They have guided tour around the factory with tales on how to distill whiskeys. With this gallery, you’ll get to know John Jameson better; his temperaments and his vision that helped in successfully running his company. Because there is no distilling process happening, then the tourist won’t feel side effects from inhaling the whiskey fumes.
Natural Museum of Ireland
Natural history museums, like the Natural Museum of Ireland, are one of the common places that you can find in any European country’s capital. Adults and children, alike, love to explore the animals and creatures of the past and Dublin houses some of the most amazing zoological exhibits. The Natural Museum of Ireland is situated in the same location as the National Museum of Ireland; the natural museum has been fully operating ever since 1856 and has been restored last 2010 in order to allow the public to get a closer look with the collections. Exhibits usually showcase the Irish fauna; giving the visitors an idea of the world underwater and the evolution as well.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Although the Irish Museum of Modern Art may be far away from the heart of Dublin, it is actually worth the journey. It is located in the Royal Hospital Building that was built during the 17th century; both the museum and its grounds are designed similarly to that of Les Invalides in Paris, providing an impressive background for the modern installations inside. This museum boasts of more than 400,000 visitors per year and it hosts permanent exhibits, and houses temporary collections from popular modern artists as well. The exhibits are open to the public for free; thus, it is recommendable for those who are visiting on a budget.
Dublin Writers Museum
It is not a surprise that Dublin and Ireland have a rich literary history; and the Dublin Writer’s Museum, located near the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square, dedicates itself to the works of the popular men and women from the Irish literature. The museum houses historical artifacts from the writers, portraits and timelines of some of the great Irish literary movements, as well as a library that has rare and precious books that include the first editions that has the author’s writings inside. Note that the museum doesn’t only feature the Irish writers, but the international writers that made great contribution to the history of Irish literary as well.
Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art
The Hugh Lane Gallery, located at North Parnell Square, is one of the notable free attractions of Dublin which feature collections from various collectors that they have donated to the State along with more than 2,000 works of modern art. The main attraction of the gallery is Francis Bacon’s studio which was relocated from London and provides extensive insight to the world of an artist. Moreover, the gallery hosts various educational talks and drawing classes that are open to anyone who is interested in learning and engaging in art.
National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland has been opened to the public mid-19th century and houses fabulous masterpieces of art. You can explore various sculptures and arts for free while listening to an audio guide (that you can get from the information desk); or you can have a free tour to various European and Irish masterpieces.
The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular attractions in the Dublin tourism scene despite it being among the more expensive options that one can have during the entire tour. You will be able to tour around the Guinness brewery (which is the famous emblem of Ireland) and you will also get to learn how Guinness is made, as well as how it has been marketed in the media over the past decades. Although the Storehouse itself is already impressive, its Gravity Bar is the very highlight of the tour as it gives you a 360 degrees view of the city.