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Must-See Museums in Dublin

Must-See Museums in Dublin

Dublin is both Ireland’s administrative and cultural capital, so it’s no surprise that the city offers an incredible variety of museums, many of which place a strong emphasis on the country’s history. Here are a few Dublin museums you won’t want to miss.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Launched in 2016, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum focuses on the country's long and storied history of emigration, and how that’s impacted the entire world. Exhibits are spread across 20 galleries and focus on the hows and whys of Irish emigration, along with life among the Irish diaspora today.

National Irish Museum

The National Museum of Ireland features hundreds of art and artifacts that focus on Irish history. Although there are three branches across the city, the main museum is housed in a building that's worth visiting for its Victorian Palladian-style architecture alone. Highlights include preserved bog bodies and ancient Celtic knots.

The Irish Famine Museum / Exhibition

Situated on the second floor of the Stephens Green Shopping Centre, this seasonal museum tells the story of the Irish Potato Famine, also known as the Great Hunger. Here, you’ll find photos and informational panels, along with a short film on the subject. 

Irish Whiskey Museum

Ireland has long been known for its whiskey production, so it’s not surprising that there's an entire museum dedicated to the beloved beverage. At the Irish Whiskey Museum, you can learn all about whiskey production on a tour, which come complete with tastings, or even participate in a blending experience during which you can blend your very own whiskey.

The National Wax Museum Plus

Move over, Madame Tussauds, Dublin has a fantastic wax museum all of its own. Here, you’ll encounter life-size wax models of famous faces that range from James Bond to recognizable Irish writers, inventors, and scientists. You may even encounter a few of your favorite Game of Thrones characters during your visit.

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Admission Ticket for EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Admission Ticket for EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

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Enrich your knowledge of Ireland’s diaspora and its history of emigration with this admission ticket to the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum experience. This attraction in Dublin, Ireland, is a self-guided tour of 20 galleries, which utilize cutting-edge technology for an immersive experience. Dive deep into Ireland’s immigration period, seeing stories brought to life of why people left Ireland, the struggles they had along the way, where they went, and how they've changed the world.  
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Irish Whiskey Museum: Whiskey and Brunch Experience

Irish Whiskey Museum: Whiskey and Brunch Experience

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Calling all whiskey connoisseurs, this private tour traces the history of Irish whiskey and includes brunch accompanied by whiskey samples. At Dublin’s famous Irish Whiskey Museum, discover production processes and find out how whiskey was invented while learning about Irish history and politics from your guide. Following a tasting session, tuck into a traditional Irish brunch with smoked salmon, fresh bread, and Irish whiskey marmalade.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Skip the Line: The National Wax Museum Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: The National Wax Museum Admission Ticket

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Enjoy a star-studded meet and greet at Dublin’s National Wax Museum and come face-to-face with movie stars, politicians and pop icons. Marvel over the lifelike waxworks of Irish writers like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde; pose for photos with Irish icons like U2, Liam Neeson and Ronan Keating; brave a visit to Dracula’s Chamber of Horrors; or make your very own wax hand (extra cost). The fun interactive exhibitions are both educational and entertaining, with the chance to learn about Irish history, discover the human body and even have a go at being a record producer!
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  • 1 hour
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$18.99
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Irish Whiskey Museum Experience Ticket

Irish Whiskey Museum Experience Ticket

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Discover the history of Irish whiskey during a tour of the captivating Irish Whiskey Museum experience. Delve into the origins of the amber nectar and enrich your knowledge of the beloved drink’s development and progression throughout the ages. Listen to anecdotes surrounding Ireland’s industrial heritage and examine the interactive and insightful exhibits in the galleries. Conclude your tour by pleasuring your palate with complimentary whiskey samples, or upgrade to enjoy premium ages whiskey and select a souvenir of your choice. Receive the tailored attention of your guide on this personalized tour.
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  • 1 hour
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Best of Irish History & Treasures Tour with Fully Guided Access to National Irish Museum

Best of Irish History & Treasures Tour with Fully Guided Access to National Irish Museum

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It’s easy to get intimidated by the sheer volume of art, artifacts, and history contained in the National Museum of Ireland, so streamline your experience with this guided tour that takes you around the Museum’s historical highlights. Learn the stories behind significant relics like the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch without worrying that you’re going to miss something important in another exhibit. This tour also includes early admission to the Trinity College Library to visit the medieval Book of Kells manuscript.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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